Road contractors urged to seek permits before blocking water bodies

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The Water Resources Commission (WRC), has urged road contractors to obtain the appropriate permit before blocking rivers and streams during road construction.

Mr Andrew Asaviansa, the Assistant Basin Officer of WRC, said every road project was beneficial to the communities around it but it was also crucial for contractors working on either culverts or bridges in road construction, to create temporary passage for the river.

Mr Asaviansa said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga, with regards to the on-going road construction works on the Bolgatanga –Bawku -Pulmakom road.

Currently the Bolgatanga –Bawku Road is undergoing a face lift with the construction of three new bridges parallel to existing bridges namely; Yarigu -Kobore Bridge, the Tilli bridge near Zebilla and Bolgatanga Bridge on the Zuarungu road.

“It is not possible to do all these works without temporal blockage of water resources along the highway however, such activities still require permission and supervision of the Commission”, he stressed.

According to him only the Quiroz Galvao, also known as the QG Construction UK Limited, a Brazilian construction firm working on the Bawku Road contacted the WRC at the onset of the project.

He said even though temporal blockages had been done for the construction of bridges in the region, some contractors had overlooked the need to seek water use rights or permits for such activities.

He said if proper consultation were sought from the Commission and other relevant agencies, construction of roads crossing small streams or rivers could be engineered in a way to make it useful for animal watering.

“If you are constructing a road and it does not have any interference with a water body, there is no problem but in most cases road construction may interfere with a water body leading to temporal blockage by contractors”.

According to him the contractor must seek permission or approval from WRC for such activities.
Meanwhile under ACT 522, of Water Resources Commission, Act. 1961, the WRC as part of its function is to regulate, manage the utilization of water resources and coordinate any policy in relation to them.

The WRC initiates, controls and co-ordinate activities connected with the development and utilization, conservation, development, and improvement of water resources, among others.

It is also mandated to grant water rights and collect, collate, store, and disseminate data or information on water resources in Ghana.

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