ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s energy sector regulator has announced new building rules to protect the public from danger posed by electricity transmission networks, with minimum distances to be enforced and permission from utilities needed to approve construction.
The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) said the new regulation will prevent the construction of new buildings too close to power lines.
A safety clearance certificate from the Ceylon Electricity Board or Lanka Electricity Company (Private) Limited) will be required for new buildings, a statement said.
The new regulations on the minimum gap between power lines and buildings to ensure the safety of consumers and properties require a minimum vertical and horizontal spacing on the construction of power lines and buildings.
The regulation also specifies minimum height limits above ground for overhead electricity lines over or along a road or over any other location accessible to vehicular traffic.
The regulations were approved by the Minister of Power and Renewable Energy on the recommendation of PUCSL, and are described in 30, 36 and 37 of the Electricity (Safety, Quality and Continuity) Regulations Act of 2016.
“The Provincial Councils and the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils have already taken action to implement the regulation,” the PUCSL said.
“Accordingly, the regulation will be strictly considered when granting permits for development purposes.”
The new rules require a minimum vertical gap of 2.40 metres and horizontal gap of 1.50 metres for lines up to 1,000 volts, with the distance increasing up to 5.18 metres for high voltage lines of up to 2220,000 volts.
(COLOMBO, March 20, 2017)