Jeddah to move mountains to solve housing shortage
Saudi city plans to flatten hills and mountains to create more plots
An unnamed local government figure told Arab News that plots will be created from levelled land that will then become part of the government's land grants for housing.
“The leveling project, which falls within the strategic plan for development of the coastal governorate, will cover areas currently outside the urban confines of the governorate,” he said.
“The plots will be allocated to citizens and, in the case of any encroachments, illegal settlers will be evicted and the structures they built will be razed,” the source added.
He said that the government was preparing to use helicopters to check proposed plots on hills and mountains in northern and eastern parts of Jeddah in a bid to evict illegal settlers, and added that plans were underfoot to extend mass transport systems being developed in the city to new areas.