The commercial city of Lagos has been thrown into panic as the State Government on Wednesday announced plans to start demolishing all buildings erected under high-tension power installations in the state for allegedly contravening its Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law, 2010.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Abiola Anifowoshe, disclosed this in a statement he personally signed, noting that building on the right of way of high-tension electricity cable are dangerous, illegal and a source of serious concern to the state government.
The commissioner noted with dismay that the state has observed the flagrant disobedience to building regulations in the state and has resolved to ensure removal of all structures that are in contravention of the law and has issued all owners, occupiers or developers of such buildings seven day ultimatum to quit as it had resolved to establish zero tolerance for all structures built under high tension cables across the state.
“Failure to adhere to the directive will lead to the removal of such structures or buildings by the state government at a cost to be borne by owners, developers or occupiers of such buildings.”
In his statement, the commissioner said that building or conducting business under high tension power installations constitute a danger that could have fatal consequences if prompt action is not taken.
According to him, the state’s Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2010 did not only prohibit building under the centre-line of over-head electricity wires, but also in very clear terms specifies the distance to be observed between a property and a public utility such as the PHCN high tension cables.
He pointed out that the required setback for buildings from the centre-line of over-head wires and horizontal distance between such buildings is not less than six metres for 11KV wire lines; nine metres for 33KV wire lines; 15 metres for 132KV wire lines and a 22.5 metres for 330KV power line.
He however, urged developers to obtain permits before demolishing, renovating or constructing a building, adding that they should also avail themselves of the provisions of the Physical Planning and Development Regulations.