Demolition notices must be made public six months in advance

THE RECENT news about 90 families living in virtual darkness and exposed to the sweltering heat in Abu Dhabi following disconnection of power supply was heart-rending.

By Catch Of The Day

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Published: Fri 27 May 2005, 11:51 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:33 PM

They were cheated by an Indian expat who sub-let portions of villas to them despite being fully aware that these structures were to be demolished soon. He had rented these villas from UAE nationals and sublet them subsequently to unsuspecting families.

The municipality resorted to disconnection of power to these villas to force the residents out so that the demolition could be taken up.

This move left the residents in the lurch, with many of them unable to find alternate accomodation, though some moved out to their friends' or relatives houses. The hapless residents left behind had to fend for themselves without electricity in the sweltering heat.

The pathetic situation has thrown up the question as to why the municipalities in all the emirates do not issue circulars well in advance announcing the demolition of marked buildings.Such circulars should be issued at least six months in advance to enable residents find alternate accommodation. Circulars should be placed in prominent and vantage points so that residents do no miss the notice. A simple measure like this will go a long way in preventing situations like the one faced by the Abu Dhabi residents, besides warning prospective tenants about the imminent demolition of the building.

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