x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Al Ain residents told to get rid of illegal veggie patches

The Al Ain Municipality has launched a campaign to remove all illegal gardens from the city.

ABU DHABI // Residents of the Garden City are being asked to limit their enthusiasm for greenery to inside their property walls.

Al Ain Municipality has launched a campaign to make those who cultivate vegetable patches in areas around their properties remove the plants.

Anyone whose garden has spread naturally beyond property perimeters is asked to prune back the growth.

Saeed Al Kaabi, head of the emergency office at the municipality, said the aim was to remove plants that damaged the overall look of the city.

Growing plants beyond the property constituted trespassing, Mr Al Kaabi warned, and could impede public servants who were trying to service communications, power and sewerage lines.

He said it could also be harmful to health.

So far, inspectors have visited homes in Al Dhaher, Al Shuaiba and Quraih.

Those found to be growing plants beyond their property limits are given a week to rectify the situation before inspectors return.