Chinese company, DING FAN LIN flouts building regulations

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Wpid Wieja


The project

Some residents of Old Barrier near Weija in the Greater Accra Region are protesting against the construction of what most of them believe to be a factory or a warehouse in a purely residential area.

The structure, which is being constructed by a Chinese company ? DING FAN LIN ? about 50 meters away from the traffic light at the old police barrier ? along the Weija-Kasoa road ? has become a major source of worry for some of the residents, compelling them to petition the local authorities at the Ga South Municipal Assembly.

Interestingly, the land on which the construction is being undertaken has become a subject of controversy, with one woman, Charlotte Sam, claiming ownership of it.

Even though the Assembly has proceeded to issue a directive for work at the site to be stopped, the residents habour the fear that the directive would only be temporary, and had therefore asked the authorities to relocate the project to a different place, possibly an industrial area.

This is in view of the fact that it was the same Ga South Municipal Assembly that made the company to pay for a ?building permit? fee on January 20, 2014, which enabled them to proceed with the construction work.

Aside that, the company, which is said to be using one Ghanaian as its front-man in the acquisition of documents, has also managed to secure an ?environmental permit? and a ?fire certificate?.

The residents have raised grave concern about the noise and other forms of pollution that are likely to be generated when the supposed factory eventually becomes operational.

What baffles most residents is the fact that most construction works on the land are done under the cover of darkness when people are fast asleep.

Currently, the Chinese company has mounted huge metallic pillars on the fenced land with heaps of sand and stones ? a sign of their readiness to proceed with the construction when given the green light.

But Public Relations Officer  (PRO) of the Ga South Municipal Assembly, Elliot Adom, told this paper that they had decided to ask DIN FAN LIN to stop work to enable them investigate the concerns of the residents for a concrete decision to be taken.

Adom therefore asked the residents to remain calm for his outfit to finish the investigations.

BY Charles Takyi-Boadu

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