The Syrian government intends to create a residential suburb called “Barada Suburb” in the vicinity of the town of Ain al-Fijah, in the Damascus Countryside Governorate, in southern Syria.
The Syrian Prime Minister’s account on the “Facebook” website stated, Saturday, August 15th, that the governmental “Economic Committee” agreed to ratify the contract between the Governorate of Damascus countryside and the “General Company for Engineering Studies”, to prepare organizational, detailed and executive studies for the Wadi Barada suburb in the region, Basima on the Syrian-Lebanese border.
The government aims to create a residential suburb called “Barada Suburb”, to serve as an alternative housing in the vicinity of Ain al-Fijah, after adopting the results of the study of evaluation, development and regulation of the areas of Ain al-Fijah, Basma and Deir Muqrin, in the Damascus countryside governorate.
The government had promised to compensate the residents of the villages of Ain al-Fijah and Basima in Damascus countryside with alternative residential suburbs, after their displacement since the beginning of 2017.
The government demolished homes and residential neighborhoods in the villages of Ain al-Fijah and Basimah in Rural Damascus, to create a sanctuary for the river and the spring.
And President Al-Assad had issued Legislative Decree No. 1 of 2018, to organize the direct and indirect sanctuary of Ain al-Fijah spring.
The law stipulates the establishment of two sanctuaries along the two tunnels that draw water from al-Fijah spring to Damascus, and the direct width of the sanctuary defined the two tunnels at a distance of ten meters for each end of the tunnel.
Whereas, the width of the indirect sanctuary of the two water delivery tunnels was determined at a distance of 20 meters for each end of the tunnel, as of the axis of the tunnel, including the direct sanctuary. The law prohibits the construction of any residential, industrial, commercial, or tourist facilities, the construction of roads and their paving, in addition to the construction of any extensions or reservoirs, whatever the purpose of their use, in the immediate campus of the Fijah Spring.
According to Syrian law, the immediate sanctuary of the al-Fijah spring is known as “the land located around the water source that allows access to it for its maintenance, safety and prevention of contamination.”
Violators of the previous provisions are punished with imprisonment from one to three years and a fine of 500,000 Syrian pounds