Data from the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation in Egypt showed that 13,000 cases of encroachment on the Nile have been removed so far, with an area of 2.60 million square meters.
The Egyptian irrigation said in a statement that it is continuing operations to remove all encroachments on the course of the Nile River and its branches and waterways as part of extensive campaigns to remove all encroachments within six months (the deadline set by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
The number of targeted removals is about 180,000 cases, with an area of approximately 19.40 million square meters.
Under the slogan “Nile without encroachments,” Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Mohamed Abdel-Aty, affirmed that his ministry “is determined to confront firmly all forms of encroachment to deter anyone who is tempted to encroach on the Nile.”
With the removal of the aforementioned 13,000 cases, the total number of the remaining removals will be about 167,000, with a total area of approximately 16.80 million square meters.
Last September, during the inauguration of the Bahr al-Baqar water treatment plant, Sisi directed the removal of all encroachments on the Nile, and set a six-month deadline for the government to accomplish this.
Al-Sisi said at the time that just as the state is working in full swing on the project of lining the canals and the procedures that he described as “beyond imagination”, at the same time the state will not accept encroachment, “This (this) is not (unacceptable) talk now (now).. the state is doing And the citizen has a role.”