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Firms violate night-time construction ban

Sharjah officials say fines have been handed out to companies after complaints.

About 10 Sharjah companies on average every month are being fined for violating the ban on carrying out construction work after dark, according to a municipality official.

Work at construction sites near residential areas in Sharjah is not allowed between 10pm and 6am after the municipality received numerous complaints from people being woken up by the noise.

Mohammad Al Ka'abi, head of the security section, Sharjah municipality told UAE daily Gulf News on Wednesday: "I am sure a lot of violators are not being reported to us. On average, ten companies who are fined per month might be repeat violators."

Violators are fined a minimum of 5,000 dirhams.

Just one week after the ban was issued by the municipality, complaints were received from residents living in Al Nahda of normal construction work being carried out after dark.

According to the municipality, with the exception of pouring concrete being allowed to continue after dark all other normal work at construction sites is prohibited.

Construction sites that are not located near residential areas can continue with their construction activities even after dark, provided they get clearance from the civic body.

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