Before you dig the foundation for your house, you neead to find out if you are going to build in the right place. You also need to ensure that you are following the reaquirements for the location of your land.
Constructing a house is a long thought through project and by the time most people embark on turning the imaginary structure into something real and visible, several preparations and plans have been drawn.
What a shame it would be therefore, if the area you choose to construct in does not only stretch the construction budget but happens to be against the law, or makes maintenance of the house difficult and living in it uncomfortable.
This is why Moses Kinobe, an architect with Kinobe and Partners says, “You can build anywhere but whether you are building in the right place is a different thing.” He adds that there are some areas that are not suitable for building residential houses.
O ne of such areas are industrial areas. Ms Gina Naluyima, an architect with Arch-Tech Consult explains, “Most cities or municipalities have been planned and zoned”.
She says zoning is categorised in terms of residential, commercial, institutional or mixed use. When buying land for home construction, it is best for one to consider the zoning of the area the land is in.
“For example, commercial and industrial areas are not a favourable choice for living in since you will experience inconveniences like noise and air pollution. The best choice for a home would be a residential area,” Kinobe says.
Living under high voltage lines affected her health
Diana Nakimuli, a resident of Nansana West II Zone A was recently forced to relocate from her dream home because of the electromagnetic fields (EMF) emitted by the High Voltage Transmission lines (HVTL) that were passing over her house.
“I bought that beautiful home house on a piece of land measuring 50 x 100 metres at Shs25m, little did I know that the previous owner was selling it off as a way of rescuing his family from the dangers of electromagnetism,” says Nakimuli.
She says when she moved into the house, she could often feel dizzy and at times faint. Whenever she was taken to the hospital, she would always be told that she was anaemic (lacks enough blood).
“The doctors often tested me to find out what was draining my blood but failed to come to a conclusion. Later when one
of my neighbours told me that the previous owners of my house had similar problems,” she says.
“My neighbour further said that the previous owners were compensated by Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited before they put the high voltage lines in place. So I was leaving in a dangerous zone called the way leaves corridor which is illegal,” she added.
According to Dr Henry Bukenya of Hope Medical Centre in Wakiso District, many people overlook the dangers of staying in a house under electricity lines, forgetting that it has long term effects.