Some were found to have set up car repair shops and food stores inside their illegal housing units.
More than 6,000 workers and bachelors have been evicted from family-only areas in Sharjah, as authorities ramped up inspections across the emirate, the municipality said on Thursday.
Thabit Al Turaifi, director-general of the Sharjah Municipality, said at least 6,561 bachelors were found living in neighbourhoods that were only for families. All the violators have been evacuated and necessary measures have been taken against them.
In a post on social media, the municipality said the team had uncovered unauthorised partitions and illegal electrical connections during the latest inspections. The houses’ power supply was immediately cut off.
Al Turaifi added that many other violations were detected. Some were even found to have set up car repair shops and food stores in their residence. Electrical materials of unknown sources were also stored improperly.
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Working with the Sharjah Police and the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority, the municipality had conducted a total of 1,636 inspections as part of the crackdown.
The massive drive came following the directives of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
A number of residents in family-only neighbourhoods had earlier complained about lack of privacy, unruly behaviour and thefts as bachelors violated housing rules.
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