Housing in Riverbeds

An on-going problem with urban development is the reckless disregard for environment factors, especially when it comes to constructing in riverbeds, lake beds and even marsh land. Spreading cities are encroaching onto river courses, lakes, ponds and even marshlands. But the builder looking to make the quick buck isn’t thinking of the long term implications of undertaking such projects. As an investor or investment in real estate property, it is important that you look into the environmental compliance of your building to ensure that your investment is secure and so is your family who will be living in the building.

The many disadvantages and dangers of river bed constructions

1.      Increased danger of changing river courses and ultimately drying up natural water resources in the area

2.      Increase in salinity of the ground water and thus more dependence on water tanker supplies for basic needs, thus raising the cost of living

3.      Contamination of ground water due to deep drainage systems in river beds.

4.      Stability of the building is questionable because river beds tend to have soft soil and this type of soil does not offer a very sturdy base for construction

5.      If builders have had to dig deeper to lay foundations on solid rock then the cost of the project automatically goes higher and you might end up paying more just for the additional construction that you will never use

6.      Possibility of floods in case there are heavy rains which might awaken the old natural river course

7.      Roads laid out in such areas also do not last for long and will get washed away often leading to an uncomfortable commute to and fro to the building

Every real estate property investment cannot be solely looked from the point of view of investment. Safety and comfort of living are as important when buy a residential property may not seem like much at the time of purchase but it is always better to be safe than sorry.

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