The civic authorities in Muscat have raided a bachelor accommodation in South Mawelah as it violated the Article 31 of the local order 23/92 that prohibits workers’ housing in residential areas. The raid was conducted in coordination with Public Prosecution and Royal Oman Police (ROP).
This is what Article 30 and 31 of the local order 23/92 states.
: Use of Buildings
– In Industrial areas of various types, warehouses and workers’ camps it is not permitted to build residential units for family accommodation. Owners of industrial plots over-looking a main street shall use the front part of the
plot for commercial purpose, provided that prior approval is obtained from the concerned Authority. The conditions do not apply in such cases.
Article 31 : A. Workers accommodation is permitted within reasonable limits, in various types of industrial areas according to the type of industry or workshop built on the same plot. Bachelor’s accommodation for staff or technicians may be
permitted in plots with large areas, originally all located as workers’ camp.
B. Showrooms (to exhibit industrial products and spare parts only) shall be permitted in areas allotted for light industry provided that the area of showrooms is not more than 30 per cent of the approved percentage of
C. (It is allowed to construct offices only in the first floor in the industrial areas and stores areas provided the public utilities for the same should be in one
D. Complexes or buildings for workers or bachelors’ accommodation are not permitted in residential or residential commercial areas. Any architectural design
revealing such use shall not be accepted. Also buildings that consist of family as well as bachelors accommodation shall not be permitted.
E. Buildings for industrial activities (heavy or light industries) shall not be permitted in residential, commercial or residential areas.