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ACCESSIBILITY

It is important that your plot of land is easily accessible. First check for the distance to your plat of land from the Main Road. Sharp turning points along the Road may not be favorable. Your road may be dead-ended or a thoroughfare, and in the case of a dead-end you should be concerned about turning of vehicles- the most commonly used system being having a turning circle at the end of Road. If it is a thoroughfare, you have to be concerned about the security of your property more than in the case of a dead-ended road.

You may like a quieter area away from the city. If your selection is such, first check for the distance to the nearest city or town, as transport could be a critical issue in rural areas. It is favorable for you to select a plot of land, which is situated in an area serviced with public transportation.

ROAD WIDTH
The width of the road to your land is critical. Over 50% of Sri Lanka falls under Urban Development Authority (UDA) Regulations or other special regulations enacted by the relevant local authority. Therefore, check whether your road width allows for development of the proposed building as per regulations or the 'Form C'. Your road must be wide enough for two cars to pass; leaving space for drainage lines, telephone posts and lampposts etc. If turning of your vehicle is difficult check for the distance you have to travel on your vehicle before you turn.

It is a bonus if your road also allows for a car or two to park and reverse.

ROAD SURFACE
It is favorable if the road to your land is a hard surface, tarring being the most commonly used. However, in Sri Lanka it may not be practical to always look for tarred roads. Your road at least must be leveled, filled with hard soil and must be able withstand soil erosion during heavy rains. Check whether your road is provided with a trench to let the rain water flow away without damaging the road or your property.

Your land must essentially be at a level that is higher than the road level; otherwise the rainwater will flow into your of land, which will make your life difficult.

SUPPLY OF CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL TO THE SITE
For the supply of material to the site road width again becomes critical as heavy vehicles, which are wider than that of ordinary vehicles, generally do transport of construction material. Therefore you have to make sure that your road is wide enough for a lorry or a backhoe to pass. Check also whether these vehicles could be easily turned in to the road.

ROAD MAINTENANCE
Other than private roads all roads are maintained by the local authorities or the government. Check who is responsible for the maintenance of your road? However good your road may be, it may become a hazard during rain if it is not maintained properly
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