Kano marks 100 ‘illegal structures’ for demolition

The Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) has completed arrangements to commence the removal of 100 of illegal structures and also ban hawkers displaying wares by the roadside in order to ensure free vehicular and pedestrian movements and beautify the city.

In an interview with newsmen in Kano, the managing director of KNUPDA, Bashir Mudi, said the authority has already earmarked 15 major roads for the first phase of the exercise, saying agency is determined to adhere to the town planning laws of the state.

The managing director stated that the affected areas where the demolition exercise will take place include Airport Road, Ashton Road, Club Road, Bompai Road, Hadejia Road, Maiduguri Road and Ahmadu Bello Way.

Mr. Mudi, an architect, also disclosed that licenses, specifically those of filling stations, approved and issued before he assumed office, were revoked for constituting “serious threats to the state”.

“Right now there is a filling station undergoing construction around Nassarawa Hospital Road, which was earlier approved by the DPR, Fire service, police and EIR. But when we received petition against such station, we constituted an investigation panel to critically examine the situation,” he said.

The managing director said although his office was not responsible for the issuance of operational license to filling stations, the planning authority intervenes when the structure affects town planning or poses danger to the people.

The Managing Director noted that they had since commenced issuing final evacuation warning papers to all the affected individuals and corporate bodies, adding that some of affected areas are Sabon Gari, Kantin Kwari and Singer Markets roads.

He said an ultimatum was issued to them to remove all illegal structures by the road sides, expressing worries that the state is lagging behind in the areas of town planning and urban beatification.

Mr. Mudi reiterated that hundreds of illegal structures would have to give way in the move to make Kano great by the present administration, saying blocking of passage in order to make trade is against the tenets of Islam.

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