Commission To Conduct Exhaustive Survey Of Derelict Houses Meets In Rabat
Rabat – The commission set up following the High instructions of HM King Mohammed VI to undertake an exhaustive survey of derelict houses in Casablanca and in other medinas (old towns) of the Kingdom held, on Saturday night, a meeting chaired by the Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane.
In a statement to the press after the meeting, Communications Minister, government spokesman, Mustapha El Khalfi, stressed that the government, while expressing its condolences to the families of victims of painful accident, decided to launch an accurate and complete survey of all the derelict houses.
“The government has also decided to launch an emergency program to relocate the occupants of these dwellings and mobilize funds for this operation,” he added.
It was also decided that the commission, chaired by the Premier and constituted of the main sectors involved, will be meeting to monitor this issue, said El Khalfi.
At the beginning of the meeting, Benkirane stressed the need to establish emergency procedures and measures to examine the situation of derelict houses and give priority to these people in order to save their lives.
Minister of State, Abdellah Baha, Interior Minister, Mohand Laenser, Communications Minister, government spokesman, Mustapha El Khalfi, Culture Minister, Mohamed Amine Sbihi, Minister Delegate at the Ministry of Interior, Charki Draiss, and Minister Delegate at the Ministry of Economy and Finance for the Budget, Idriss Azami Al Idrissi, attended the meeting.
Following a new collapse of a building, on Saturday, June 9, 2012, in the medina of Casablanca, causing three deaths and six serious injuries, HM King Mohammed VI gave His High instructions for setting up a commission to conduct an exhaustive survey of derelict houses in Casablanca and other medinas of the Kingdom.
His Majesty the King also ordered to give priority to dealing with these situations by taking the urgent and necessary provisions to relocate the occupants of these dwellings required to be rehabilitated or destroyed.
Moreover, HM the King gave His High directives to the Interior Minister to oversee the burial ceremonies for the victims and pay for those injured.