UGANDA, Kampala | Real Muloodi News | According to the Daily Monitor, the National Building Review Board (NBRB) and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) have placed restrictions on over 500 buildings in Kampala as part of a massive crackdown on unlawful structures in the city’s five divisions.
A condemned building is a building that has been closed, confiscated, or placed under restrictions by local authorities for various reasons, including public safety and public health, in compliance with local laws.
KCCA and NBRB condemn buildings in Kampala, primarily due to;
- Failure to comply with the Building Control Regulations, 2020’s health and sanitation criteria;
- A structure being inaccessible by those with physical impairment;
- A construction site is prone to flooding and has a faulty drainage system.
The crackdown follows a two-year technical evaluation study by the KCCA’s Physical Planning Doctorate. In the evaluation, they discovered 504 unlawfully built buildings in Kampala’s five divisions.
In a coordinated operation on Thursday, the police, KCCA, and NBRB blocked a proposed restaurant and office construction on Plot 20196, Block 216 in Ntinda, resulting from deviating from the allowed building plans.
According to Engineer Flavia Bwire, the Executive Secretary of the NBRB, although the building had approval for a restaurant and office space, the proprietor cannot partition the building into an international school without authorisation.
“The drawings for this site were submitted for approval and the KCCA building committee differed on them and asked for additional information. However, the developer ignored KCCA’s advice and went ahead with the construction,” Eng. Flavia told the Daily Monitor.
In Makindye, they condemned several construction sites to alter the original building plans, including commercial buildings and fuel stations.
The Acting Director of Engineering and Technical Services in KCCA, Eng. Justus Akakwasa told the Daily Monitor that they had to halt the construction of new fuel stations in Kampala for the last two years. He wondered where the proprietors got the clearances to construct.
According to the Building Control Act, 2013, section 40, where a building operation is violating provisions of the Act, a building committee may, by notice, order any person to halt a construction process.
Recently, there was the loss of lives and property because of buildings’ collapsing. Several factors attributed to the buildings collapsing include failure to adhere to established rules and regulations, unskilled labour, and shoddy building materials.
According to the Daily Monitor, a four-storeyed building under construction collapsed, seriously injuring three builders in Bunga, Kampala, in May 2020.
In March 2021, a church ceiling on the Fidodido building along the Kampala road also collapsed. Two people died while the others sustained injuries.
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