A view of houses and farmland on an island on the River Nile in front of high-rise buildings in Cairo (Reuters)
Egypt has received around 2.26 million reconciliation requests over building violations nationwide, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced on Wednesday.
According to a cabinet statement, Madbouly thanked the citizens who seek to legalise the status of their buildings.
The country has seen a significant rise in illegal construction since the security vacuum that followed the 2011 uprising, with many people constructing multi-storey buildings without acquiring the necessary permits or complying with engineering safety standards.
In January, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ratified a law allowing settlement with the state over building violations in return for fees, except for those pertaining to safety standards, authorised height or purpose, historic buildings, among others.
For the second time, the government has pushed back the reconciliation deadline until the end of November, instead of the previous date on 30 September.
A large portion of the collected reconciliation fees will be allocated for development in governorates and upgrading the levels of services provided to citizens, according to the Egyptian government.