Egypt Demolishes The Houseboats, We Cherish Our Houseboats

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Egypt Demolishes The Houseboats, We Cherish Our Houseboats

By Gayatri Mohan

Cairo, Egypt

The famous houseboats on the Nile are being destroyed. Egyptian authorities say that this is part of an effort to prioritize tourism and commerce.

 

Srinagar, India

The new houseboat repair policy announced by LG Manoj Sinha in May 2021 has led to cheer among the houseboat owners, and raised hopes for the tourism sector

Cairo, Egypt

Locals and foreign tourists are grief-stricken that the brightly painted wooden houseboats, which were an iconic part of Cairo’s rich cultural and architectural heritage, have been demolished or towed away.

Srinagar, India

Considering the immense value of the houseboats for both culture and tourism, the UT Administration has formed high-powered committees to address all the challenges faced by the houseboat owners.

Cairo, Egypt

Senior Cairo officials have compared the houseboats on the Nile to polluting cars. The government has said that demolishing the old houseboats is essential to develop the waterfront for floating restaurants and other commercial activities

 

Srinagar, India

The comprehensive policy of the UT Administration for the preservation and beautification of houseboats has made the houseboat sector upbeat

Cairo, Egypt

Over the last few weeks, houseboats over the Nile have been removed, demolished and smashed. No compensation is being given to people losing their houses. “I swear to God, I don’t know where to go,” said Ekhlas Helmy, 87, who has lived on a houseboat all her life.

 

Srinagar, India

“The LG Administration has taken Kashmir House Boat Owners Association on board for addressing all challenges pertaining to our sector. Floating drainage system is being provided. Timber is being provided for renovation at subsidized rates. The LG Administration has taken vital steps to preserve these architectural and cultural marvels of Kashmir.”

Manzoor Pakhtoon, Vice Chairman, Kashmir House Boat Owners Association

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