CMC reviews illegal villa partition issue

 28 Sep 2016 - 11:41

CMC reviews illegal villa partition issue
File picture of a villa used for representation alone.

The Peninsula

Doha: The Central Municipal Council (CMC) yesterday discussed villa partitions and residential buildings. 

The issue was raised by the council in its previous session and recommendations were forwarded to competent authorities but no response has been received yet, Mohammed Mamoud Al Shafi, Chairman of the CMC, said yesterday. 

Lack of response from the concerned authorities at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment regarding previous recommendations has “made me suggest again to the council to reconsider the issue which has become a phenomenon in different parts of the country,” Al Shafi said.

He also said people are taking villas and residential buildings on rent and then partition them to create small residential units and sublet them, creating pressure on public facilities in violation of the law. 

The amended law No. 8/2014 of the law (No. 4 of 1985) regulating buildings stipulates that no construction or any kind of alterations should be made to buildings and apartments without permission from competent authorities in view of the damage such actions cause to infrastructure, increase load on water and electricity supplies and leads to crowds of people and vehicles in parking areas. 

Therefore, any kind of alterations to residential units, whether a villa or an apartment, should not be allowed without approval from the municipality concerned, Al Shafi said in his proposal. 

The CMC is invited to re-discuss the issue and make recommendations to the Minister of Municipality and Environment to find out effective means to enforce the law to prevent illegal partitioning of villas and apartments, Al Shafi said.

The CMC referred the issue to the service and facilities committee for further discussion and suggestions. It also discussed a report by the committee on previous recommendations and suggestions. 

Al Shafi has receive ministerial approval to establish a committee to study the increasing number of warehouses in residential areas.

The CMC also discussed a response from Minister of Municipality and Environment 

H E Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi on its previous recommendation for public parks and parks in the neighbourhoods with sport equipment. The recommendation was based on a suggestion by Councillor Shiekha Al Jufairi, representative of constituency No. 8.