City authorities in Ghana’s capital are stepping up efforts to reduce the level of perennial flooding the city records in each raining season, Mayor of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly Mohammed Adjei-Sowah has disclosed.

Conducting media around some of the drainage projects aimed at ending heavy flooding of parts of the city, Adjei-Sowah said late Thursday that the drainage construction will go hand-in-hand with efforts to deal with filth in the city to make Ghana’s capital one of the cleanest on the continent.

“We have identified flood prone areas which government through funding from the World Bank under the GAMA (Greater Accra Metropolitan Area) project to make sure that we construct bigger drains to be able to accommodate a lot of water to reduce flooding,” he explained.

He said the project was part of plans to support President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision to make Accra the cleanest city on the continent.

‘First Light junction’ a portion of the Ring-road west extension, a low-lying area has become a major flood-prone area as bigger drains of four meters and above upstream discharge flood waters into narrower drains of 0.6 meter in this area.

Authorities therefore with support from the GAMA project intend to construct wider drains that can accommodate all the water flowing from upstream into the underground drain towards the South-Western end of the city.

“We are currently tackling the flood-prone areas and then the storm drains. In addition to this the Ministry of Works and Housing has also awarded contracts for the construction of many storm drains that is also commencing this week, the mayor added.

The ongoing 150 million dollars World Bank GAMA Water and Sanitation project is in support of Ghana’s efforts to provide potable water and household toilets for poor communities in the capital while improving the general sanitation situation in the capital.

“When we talk about clean Accra we are not just talking about the solid waste. The issue about drain maintenance is also key in environmental cleanliness and we are tackling all the issues with aspects of environmental cleanliness,” Adjei-Sowah added.

Project Coordinator for the GAMA project, George Asiedu put the cost of the current unit of work at seven million Ghana cedis, or about 1.3 million US dollars, but said it will save so many lives, property and businesses.

Meanwhile Gabriel Engman, Sanitation Engineer with the GAMA project said authorities had made provision for alternative routes to carter for diversion of vehicular traffic from the main highway during the one month period of the drainage construction.

Flooding in Ghana’s capital occurs almost annually with its attendant loss of life and property running into millions of dollars. Enditem


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