BCC warns Encroachers

Written by  Sam Phiri

Blantyre City Council (BCC) has warned the general public in the commercial city that it will sue people who have their structures in illegal places.

Encroachments at Soche hill in Blantyre. Encroachments at Soche hill in Blantyre.

The warning has come at a time when the city struggling with a lot of illegal human activity among others the encroachment in fragile/vulnerable areas such as riverine, hillsides, road reserves and other open spaces with the intent of cultivation, sand mining, forest harvesting .

According to a Press Statement, signed by Acting Chief Executive Officer Dr. Alfred W.D Chanza, failure to comply with the notice is tantamount to prosecution.

“It is hereby specified that Blantyre City Council, as a responsible local authority ensures that the Water Resources Act, Environmental Management Act, Public Roads Act, Public Health Act among others are adhered to by all Residents and the General public in the City,” reads part the statement.

Chanza further goes to say that the Water Resources Act stipulates that 30 metres on either side of any stream and 5 to 10 metres of either sides of any road reserve be left free of any development so as to protect the stream banks from slumping and check soil erosion.

He said as one way of restoring some of the degraded places, Chanza disclosed that the City Council will soon embark on construction and development of parks and recreation areas.

“The Blantyre City Council will not be held responsible for the destruction of crops/produce, structures or any illegal installations in the stated vulnerable sites,” he said.

Among several areas earmarked for restoration, Nasolo, Mudi, Naperi and Limbe Streams and their tributaries and Chanza has warned encroachers to stay away from the said places.

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