Jeddah to level mountains to solve housing crisis

Project part of plans to resolve housing shortage in the Kingdom

Jeddah plans to level small hills and mountains surrounding the city to create space for housing developments.

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The municipality of Jeddah has announced plans to level the mountains surrounding the city to help create more housing plots for a rapidly growing urban population.

A report in Arab News, a Saudi newspaper, said that the project was part of the Kingdom’s plans to resolve the housing crisis in the country’s major cities. An official told the paper that the plots would become part of the government’s land grants.

“The leveling project, which falls within the strategic plan for development of the coastal governorate, will cover areas currently outside the urban confines of the governorate,” he said.

“The plots will be allocated to citizens and, in the case of any encroachments, illegal settlers will be evicted and the structures they built will be razed,” the source added.

The municipality also plans to extend the city’s mass transit project to areas that will be developed in the future.

Authorities plan to use helicopters to detect property encroachers in the mountainous terrain.

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