66 partitioned villas marked for legal action

June 23, 2014 - 6:17:39 am

DOHA: Inspectors from Doha Municipality have singled out for legal action at least 66 illegally partitioned villas within city limits in the last month.

The Municipality launched a crackdown from May 15 against violations like illegal partitioning of villas, encroachments on public property and labour camps in residential areas.

A top official from the Municipality has revealed that since the launch of the campaign, some 66 illegally partitioned villas have been identified. 

The partitioning is done without permission from the municipalities of the areas concerned to create small make-shift residential units and rented out to limited-income expatriate families.

Such villas are a serious safety risk, says the Municipality. The crackdown will continue, according to Salem Hamoud Al Shafi, head of monitoring at the Municipality.

“The crackdown is on and we will not spare any illegally partitioned villa in our jurisdiction,” said Al Shafi. 

He told local Arabic daily 

Al Raya in comments published yesterday that since the launch of the crackdown 19 labour camps have also been vacated from residential areas.

“We had to vacate three labour lodgings by force,” said the official. Action has been initiated against 13 more labour camps and they will soon be vacated.

“Our inspectors have come across at least 42 cases of encroachment of public property as well,” said Al Shafi.

Three ministries (those of the municipality and urban planning, interior and economy and commerce) are coordinating in the crackdown.

Al Shafi heads three units at Doha Municipality — food monitoring, public health and technical matters. 

Talking of ‘iftar’ (light meal with which Muslims break the fast during Ramadan) tents which are to be erected during the fasting month, he said that caterers and eateries providing meals should be located close to tents.

“We will not allow caterers or restaurants located far from a tent to supply the meals as there would be risk of food becoming stale in transportation due to extreme heat and humidity.” 

The Peninsula

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