Muscat: The Ministry of Housing has denied a claim that alleges it has sold land in Amerat that was designated for a mosque.
The claim, according to authorities, was made by Ali Salem al Mashri online.
A statement by the ministry read, "The Ministry clarifies that what Ali Salem al Mashri said is not true, as the land designated for the mosque is planned to be 60,000 sqm, and the land for an outdoor celebration area is 120,000 sqm while the space for the prayer area is 4,000 sqm, in addition to another 6,000 sqm for a cultural centre.
"The land that he [al Mashri] spoke of is just a reimbursement for owned land and does not lie within the area designated for the mosque," the statement added.
Al Mashri had complained online, he said, "Your Excellency the Minister of Housing, what does it mean for a land to be designated for a mosque in al Amerat added to land for a public library? And then for us to discover that it has been given to private persons to sell in the market? Where is the structural plan? Will we continue to work randomly?”