The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA)-launched operation ?Let Traffic Flow? which was to minimize the incidence of perennial traffic situation experience in the city during the period of the Christmas festivities, has taken off early this morning.
The current rate of illegal parking of vehicles of commercial drivers coupled with the unavailability of access routes which contribute to the high incidents in the city of Accra, has become a headache to the AMA Mayor, Dr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije.
?It was in the light of this that the operation let traffic flow was launched in collaboration with La Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly.
During a field trip with the Mayor to inspect some of the roads that fall within the operation, the Kaneshie-Malam road, which has been one of the major roads with heavy traffic, has been made motorable with the creation of access routes that joins the man Kaneshie-Malam road.
Most of the link roads within the Kaneshie area have become a one-way traffic which can only flow into the main road to the Kansehie first light. Link road behind the Accra Academy SHS has also been cleared with plans feverishly underway to put bitumen on it to make it more unique for use.
Early this Monday morning, police personnel, MTTU officials, NADMO personnel and AMA task force are seen patrolling the Municipality with many of them directing traffic to make it more easier for drivers to conform with the new development as far as operation let traffic flow is concern.
Under the project, adequate police personnel of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit of the Ghana Police Service, AMA City Guards and National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) personnel will be deployed to prohibit commercial activities on walkways.
The key roads identified for the operation during the launching which include, Accra Central-Winneba Road, Accra Central-Nsawam Road, Accra Central-Madina Road, Tetteh Quarshie Spintex ? Accra Polo Court, Danquah Circle El-wak-Accra Polo Court and Danquah Circle Oxford Street have all been made motorable.
Sign posts have also been erected at vantage points to give drivers the direction to take and where that will lead them.
During the field trip the Mayor of Accra, Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije stressed that drivers who will make the mistake to park along the road at unauthorized places will have their cars towed.
According to him, the automobile of any person parking in violation of national road traffic law shall be subject to being towed to the nearest public garage if a sign is posted, in accordance with the provisions of said Vehicle Code.
According to the Mayor, it will be unlawful for cars to remain parked in any parking space unless a signal showing legal parking is displayed by the applicable adjacent parking meter.
According to him in there are visible markings on the pavements to also indicate places of parking for cars especially trotro vehicles.
He went on to say that in a parking space designated for the exclusive use of physically handicapped persons, unless the vehicle of the persons so parking displays either one of the distinguishing license plates issued to disabled persons pursuant to national road traffic law.
He stressed that, the operation let the traffic flow is designed in the interest of the public to enable people to move to and fro within the city, explaining that demands on roads in the city become huge to the extent that the AMA must intervene by putting in place measures so as to address the situation.
He expressed the hope that the changes made to the roads within the city will work to succeed will surely be a reality, through the holidays, and if that materializes, it will be implemented in other municipalities as well.
?If this operation succeeds, which we know it will, we will collaborate with other municipalities to implement it in all areas of Accra. This is the Millennium City we envisaged and it will surely be met,? he said.