An on-going construction work on a multi-purpose ‘Victoria Park’, the reshaping and taring of its adjoining roads at the Area One suburb in the central business district of the Sunyani Municipality is progressing steadily.
But while most residents in the Municipality are applauding the Assembly for embarking on such a laudable project to give the ‘city’ a facelift, the work, being executed by J. Adom Limited, a Sunyani-based international road construction company, have seriously affected the flow of water into households in that place, popularly known as Ahenboboano Electoral Area.
This is because, the water pipes laid underground and connected to homes, had been broken down by the earth moving machines. Affected residents said they had been denied access to water supply in the past month.
Residents within the suburb praised the Assembly during a visit by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) to the project site that the short-medium-long term benefits of the project to them was highly commendable,
But they complained that it had immediately brought untold hardships on them because of its (Assembly’s) failure to pre-arrange with the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to ensure constant flow of water to their homes.
They emphasised that access to potable water was a basic human right and appealed to the GWCL to fulfil its primary responsibility by ensuring continuous water supply to them.
According to them, all the water taps connected to their homes were not flowing and the city authorities and officials of the GWCL had not done anything about the situation since they informed them to fix the broken pipelines within the suburb.
This unpleasant situation has compelled them to hire vehicles and wheelbarrows to buy water for domestic purposes, but some of them who could not afford to buy water, had to cover far distance for water from streams at the outskirts of the Municipality, they bemoaned.
Mr. Evans Kwame Kyere, the Assemblyman for Ahenboboano Electoral Area, confirmed the story and added the situation had worsened and needed urgent attention for GWCL to repair the broken pipes.
When contacted, Mr. Francis Agyei-Boateng, a Chief Manager of the GWCL said the Assembly did not inform the Company about the commencement of the project, adding that, virtually, all the underground pipes in the area had been broken down.
He appealed to the affected residents to be patient and assured that the GWCL would address the problem as soon as possible to alleviate their plight.
Mr. Kyere explained that the project would cover the re-shaping and taring of 10.39 kilometres access roads around the Victory Park.
Meanwhile, the Assembly had received higher marks for the redevelopment of the Victoria Park into a durbar grounds complex.
Though traders and market women condemned the city authorities for a decongestion exercise it carried around the Victoria Park area to pave the way for works on the project to commence, residents were optimistic that on completion, the project would provide enough space and ease human and vehicular traffic congestion.
They called on the Assembly to include sanitary facilities-urinals and toilets in the project for public use.
Madam Vivian Yeboah, a storekeeper expressed worry about the absence of toilets and washrooms in the Sunyani Central Business District, saying, that was creating inconveniences for traders.