Construction of substandard shelters in Banda hindering growth
Posted Friday, February 15 2013 at 02:00
This is being done without due consideration of the interests of the neighbourhood and public infrastructure like roads.
I write in dismay about the continued emergence of unchecked substandard construction of shelters in Banda parish. Banda has 11 zones.
Planned developments on the properly surveyed sites had emerged from Zone B10 towards B11. But to my surprise some landlords have been compromised to allow the construction of papyrus houses in the already and properly developed areas.
This is being done without due consideration of the interests of the neighbourhood and public infrastructure like roads. The effect is negative externality of the highly developed neighbourhood and the resultant damage to the already established road network as a result of rain drop water from the eaves of these shelters directly to the road.
Efforts and the dream of the early developers to transform the former Banda slum into a small city are henceforth frustrated and shattered. Interestingly, the councillors and the entire LC system are reluctant to handle the matter when approached.
I wonder whether such leaders have ever been sensitised about development issues! Councillors are not sensitising and enforcing the community on self-help projects such as hygiene (disposal and management of garbage), drainage of rain water and construction of latrines.
There is no duty of care exercised by these officials! It is true people are struggling to find ways of survival, but they need to be sensitised on the right and ethical ways of that “survival!” based on the ethical principle of utilitarianism!
I have lodged some of these complaints to KCCA – planning office, Nakawa awaiting action. Otherwise Banda needs an operation, code name it “Keep Banda slum free?”