Adenta Aayalolo Bus Terminal
Adenta Aayalolo Bus Terminal

The Minister of Transport, Mr. Kweku Ofori Asiamah, with his team inspected the Ayalolo bus terminal at Ashaley Botwe in Madina on Friday, October 13 2017.

In a media interaction after the inspection, the Transport Minister disclosed that, the construction of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) terminal, is worth about $3.5m, a loan which government facilitated from the Ghana International Bank in London and HSBC London to aid in the construction of the facility.

According to him, the contractors (i.e Nimo Construction), will hand over the terminal to government, ending of October where operations will begin. Adding that, government will ensure the terminal is commercialised in order to generates enough revenue to help pay back the loan they secured for the construction of the terminal.

“This terminal is causing around $3.5m, so it’s not coming cheap. So once the terminal is built, we must make sure that it is put to use so that the burden will not be on government to go and pay for something that cannot repay for itself. I have no doubt that, at the end of the time that we are supposed to pay for the loan, the revenue from the bus itself will be able to pay for the cost,” he said.

Mr. Asiamah stressed that, for this to be achieved, the managers of the Quality Bus System (QBS) (i.e ‘Aayalolo’), thus, the Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive (GAPTE) must maintain the terminal very well and also ensure its commercial use, in order that, they can get the necessary funds to repay their $3.5m loan.

The QBS, which started in October 2016, plying the Amasaman to Accra stretch, has been bedeviled with a lot of challenges in terms of designated lanes.

Moreover, the Transport Minister disclosed that, his ministry will have a close discussions with GAPTE to know the number of BRT lanes to construct for the buses to ply on, but till then, they will be using the normal roads with other vehicles, since their designated facility lanes ain’t ready.

This development is to improve upon the traffic congestion situations in the city of Accra, and also provide a rapid and reliable mode of transportation for the people.

Meanwhile, 60 buses are set to be deployed on the Adenta-Accra route and it would be scaled up gradually, much like the Amasaman-Accra route, which started with 28 buses and has now increased to 58 buses.

By:Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh

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