The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) announced the launch of an expanded campaign to remove encroachments on State property in all regions of the country, including homes, farms, estates, and residential violations, starting from next Sunday, Nov. 15, until mid-April 2021.
In a statement, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment stated that this campaign comes in implementation of the provisions of Law No. (10) of 1987 regarding public and private state property, which states that public and private lands are state property, therefore no person may own, possess or takes possession of those lands except at the disposal of the State Property Department at the Ministry in accordance with the legal conditions and controls followed in this regard, and the aforementioned law prohibits the encroachment on the mentioned lands, and in the event of this infringement, the competent municipality, in coordination with the security authorities, may remove this violation.
It is decided that the concerned authorities at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment will place warning stickers on the establishments and homes that violate the law, and upon the expiration of the specified period, the competent authorities will implement the removal process for the violations that the owners have not removed while referring the violators to the security services and applying the legal procedures against them for violating the provisions of the public and private state property law.
Law No. (32) of 1995 regarding the prevention of damage to the plant environment and its components punishes anyone who undertakes agricultural work that exploits renewable natural wealth and lands or establishes fixed facilities in areas of the plant environment, without obtaining a license to do so from the Ministry.
According to Law No. (8) of 2014 amending some provisions of Law No. (4) of 1985 regarding the organization of buildings, carrying out any construction work or divisions without a license violates the aforementioned law.
In addition to implementing the provisions of the private law regarding public and private state property and other relevant laws, the campaign to remove infringements aims to preserve the Qatari environment, as violators intend to exploit lands belonging to the state through the illegal exploitation of those lands and the realization of private benefits or the exploitation of wealth, which causes negative effects on the environment.
Assistant Undersecretary for Municipal Affairs at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment Mansour Abdullah Al Mahmoud confirmed that the campaign to remove encroachments on state property is not the first of its kind, but this time it will be more comprehensive and broader and aims to eliminate all violations of state property in various regions and deter violators through the application of the law and non-complacency in carrying out its provisions.
He explained that the campaign includes all infringements and there will be no exceptions, as many violators cause harm to the environment through their encroachment on public property, whether on land or beaches or farms, adding, "We advise all violators to quickly remove these infringements from the date of the warning before the competent authorities remove these violations and refer the violators to the security authorities in accordance with the law."
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