Lagos issues ultimatum on structures under high tension cables

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Lagos State Government has issued a seven-day ultimatum to owners of properties built under high tension cables across the State.

The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Wasiu Anifowoshe underscored the resolve of the state to establish zero tolerance for all structures under high tension cables as part of efforts to maintain a sustainable and friendly environment.

According to Mr Anifowoshe“buildings on the Right of Way (ROW) of high tension electricity cables are dangerous, illegal and a source of serious concern to the State Government.”

He added that building or conducting business under High Tension Power Lines constituted danger that could have fatal consequences.

The Commissioner cited the State’s Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2010, which not only prohibited building under the centre-line of over-head electricity wires, but also specified  the  distance to be observed between  a Property and a public utility such as the PHCN high tension cables.

“The State Government, through its relevant Ministries and Agencies will henceforth, enforce applicable law strictly by removing all development and activities encroaching on the Right of Way of utilities and services, required setback for buildings from the centre-line of over-head wires and horizontal distance between such buildings of not less than 6 meters for 11KV wire lines, while 9 meters is the recommended distance for 33KV wire lines. Furthermore, the recommended setback for 132KV wire lines is 15 meters, while a 22.5-meter setback is recommended for 330KV power line,” he added.

Contravention notices

Mr Anifowoshe said that contravention notices had already been served on offending structures stressing that owners of such structures must remove them within the next seven (7) days.

In his words- “failure to adhere to the directive would lead to the removal of such structures by Government at a cost to be borne by Owners, Developers or Occupiers of such buildings.”

He urged the general public to always obtain necessary planning permits before embarking on demolition, renovation or construction and to also avail themselves of the provisions of the Lagos State Physical Planning and Development Regulations.