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Transmission company to demolish structures built under power lines

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By  FREDERIC MUSISI

Posted  Friday, February 28   2014 at  02:00

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UETCL’s head of public relations Kenneth Otim, said the company is in the process of procuring a contractor to implement the demolition, adding that some property owners were issued with notices but are deliberately erecting new structures to receive more money in form of compensation.

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KAMPALA- The Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) said yesterday it will demolish over 30 structures constructed within the Bujagali-Kawanda-Mutundwe transmission line corridor.

UETCL’s head of public relations Kenneth Otim, said the company is in the process of procuring a contractor to implement the demolition, adding that some property owners were issued with notices but are deliberately erecting new structures to receive more money in form of compensation.

“Structures to be demolished are both permanent and temporary and include among others kiosks, houses and perimetre walls along the Bujagali-Kawanda 220kV and Kawanda-Mutundwe 132kV,” Mr Otim said.

“Ten houses that will be demolished are already fully compensated,” he said.
Also to be demolished, “are 18 new structures, three boundary walls and two houses, eight brick laying spots to clear the transmission wayleaves corridor for easy accessibility during routine maintenance works and ensure safety of people’s lives and property.”

The affected areas in the districts of Wakiso, Mukono and Buikwe, include Luwunga, Nama, Nsanvu, Nyenje, Jjogo, Natonko and Nabusugwe.
Others are Mulawa, Kungu, Komamboga, Lusanja, Kibwa, Nansana East, Gganda, Nakuwade, Busega and Mutundwe.

Cost to encroacher
According to Section 87 of Electricity Act (1999), encroachment on Wayleaves is an offence punishable by imprisonment for two years or a fine 400,000 or both.
The demolition costs are to be met by the defaulter.
The minimum safe distance from the high voltage lines depends on the voltage profile of the line. Higher voltage profiles require longer distances but it must at least be between 20 metres and 40 metres, according to UETCL.

The company said the exercise will take a period of eight weeks after the contractor has finished marking houses to demolition and delivery of notices to service persons.

In 2006, a market for army veterans in Bukoto, Nakawa Division, which was constructed under high-voltage power lines, was demolished by UEDCL with the help of the Police and some local defence unit.

FACTS
According to Section 87 of Electricity Act (1999), encroachment on Wayleaves is an offence punishable by imprisonment for two years or a fine 400,000 or both.
The minimum safe distance from the high voltage lines depends on the voltage profile of the line. Higher voltage profiles require longer distances but it must at least be between 20 metres and 40 metres, according to UETCL.

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