Sri Lanka to adopt new laws to prevent construction of buildings near powerlines

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Mar 20, 2017 (LBO) Sri Lanka has introduced new regulations with regard to the minimum gap that should be maintained between power lines and buildings to ensure the safety of consumers and the properties.

The regulations were approved by the Minister of Power and Renewable Energy on the recommendation of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka, the Commission said issuing a statement.

The Provincial Councils and the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils have already taken steps to implement the regulation.

The regulation will be strictly considered when granting the permits for any development purposes.

The new regulation explains that when constructing a new building, it is required to obtain a safety clearance certificate from who owns or operates the overhead line (Ceylon Electricity Board or Lanka Electricity Company (Private) Limited) through a written notice, explaining the intention to construct the building.

However, a safety clearance certificate will not be issued if the building or structure will not be built within the specified distance.

The Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils has asked all the provincial councils to consider this regulation when issuing the permits for the new buildings, the statement added.

Therefore, the application for the development permit will require the information of the space clearance between the power lines for a new construction in the future.

DISTANCE FROM BUILDINGS OR STRUCTURES TO OVERHEAD LINES (Reg 36, 37)

Minimum distances from any building or structure to any position to which a conductor in an overhead line may swing under the influence of wind shall be as specified below

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The regulation also specifies the limits of the height above the ground that should have between a overhead line is over or along a road or over any other location accessible or inaccessible to vehicular traffic.


HEIGHT ABOVE THE GROUND OF OVERHEAD LINES (Regu 30)

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