The Ministry of Housing counts 36,000 Moroccan families living in ramshackle homes

The Ministry of Housing counts 36,000 Moroccan families living in ramshackle homes
The Ministry of Housing counts 36,000 Moroccan families living in ramshackle homes
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The Ministry of National Territory Preparation, Urbanization, Housing and City Policy has monitored 25,000 dilapidated buildings in Morocco, including 36,000 families, stressing that Morocco is making great efforts to solve the problem through programs that have cost up to today 7 billion dirhams.

This came during the ministry’s interaction with the advisors’ questions today, Tuesday, noting that Morocco has signed 78,000 agreements in the field of buildings that are about to fall, and the ministry has borne the amount of 2 billion dirhams from the total spent by many interveners in the sector.

It is noteworthy that these data pertaining to the sector of preparing the national territory, urbanization, housing and city policy were reviewed by Younes Al-Sakuri, Minister of Economic Inclusion, Small Business, Employment and Skills, after the Minister in charge of the sector, Fatima Al-Zahraa Al-Mansouri, was unable to attend.

And the government activated the work of the National Agency for Urban Renewal and Rehabilitation of Buildings that Are Ruined to Fall over the past year after its creation in 2016, and it also set a program for the period 2022-2026 that will enable the diagnosis and classification of these buildings in each region separately, and classify them according to severity.

Work on the program has already begun in Casablanca, Rabat-Salé, Essaouira, Tetouan, Marrakesh, Fez, Tangiers and Laayoune, and these buildings will be dealt with in a proactive approach instead of what was used in the past through intervention after the collapse.

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In his interaction with the advisors’ responses, the government official stated that Morocco has addressed the problem of 16,000 buildings that are prone to collapse out of 41,000, and has also worked to solve the problem of 40,000 families out of 76,000 living in homes that suffer from the possibility of falling.

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The minister indicated that the government has prepared several regional programs to solve the problem, recording 6,000 buildings in danger of falling down in the Rabat-Salé-Kenitra region, 10,000 in Tangier-Tetouan-Al-Hoceima, as well as 4,000 others in the Casablanca-Settat region.

On the issue of reconstruction, Al-Sakoury stressed, on behalf of Al-Mansouri, that the currently in force procedure needs to be reviewed, recognizing that it is complex and involved 33 elements, and that the approval deadlines are long and sometimes last for six years, and he said: “The government wants to reduce the intervening parties and set deadlines and decentralization of the decision.

Regarding the city’s policy, the same official noted that the government spent last year 3 billion dirhams on improving proximity and other services for the benefit of citizens, noting that Morocco signed 200 agreements in this field at a total cost of 63 billion dirhams, which enabled the improvement of the living conditions of 10 million citizens.

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