Amidst calls from the public for the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to devise ways to solve Accra’s perennial flooding, AMA’s Public Relations Officer, Gilbert Ankrah has said that it is nearly impossible for the issue to be dealt with.
He explained that the capital city was situated on low lands and as such, will continually have issues when it rains.
Regardless of that, Mr. Ankrah said that what the Metropolitan Assembly was working at was building more storm drains so the waters recede quickly when there is flooding.
“We must not lose sight that, infrastructure is very important and also Accra is a low land area so no matter what we do when the rains come, the water may rise a little bit but we are looking at how fast the water will be able to reduce and that is the important strategy we have put in place.”
“Gone at the days when it comes to drain construction, we normally don’t have that drains to accommodate the water and I make reference to the Accra Academy – Kaneshie area. The kind of storm drain we are constructing around those areas will deal a lot with the flood issues and it is big project we are carrying out”.
Mr. Ankrah also mentioned that the AMA was taking steps to manage the city’s perennial flooding
“The plan the Assembly has put in place is basically look at desilting of major drains we have within the City as well as the construction of new storm drains to accommodate the rains. Our guys are moving around in most of the communities we have within the Accra Metropolitan Assembly to desilt most of the road side drains.
He also mentioned that they had contacted the Ministry of Works and Housing to dredge the Odaw drain and Korle Lagoon.
The assembly has also made some contacts to the Ministry of Works and Housing and very soon the Korle Lagoon and the Odaw river will also be cleared to ensure that when the water come they would be able to accomodate very well.
He hinted on the AMA’s plan to construct a storm drain in Kaneshie, which is one of the flood prone in the capital.
When you come to areas like Kaneshie, we normally witness some level of flooding anytime it rains there, currently, the assembly is trying to avert such very situation by constructing a 600 metre storm drain along the Accra Accademy area through “Bubuashie” and this will also go along way to deal with the flooding along that very enclave .
Mr. Gilbert Ankrah further appealed to builders to do well to construct drains in front of their houses and advised Ghanaians against littering drains.
We would also want to put on record that, aside the construction as residence, we must also play our part because if we construct the drains and people indiscriminately dump and litter into these drains it goes a long a way to block them and this may also cause some flooding”.
In a related development, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly has announced that is has commenced the construction of an underground drain located at Kaneshie First Light off the Winneba Road.
The construction is expected to be completed by mid April.
The project which is expected to curb constant flooding in the area is being funded the World Bank under the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project (GAMA-SWP), and implemented by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources in collaboration with the Department of Urban Roads at a cost of GH¢ 7 million.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah who disclosed this on Thursday during an inspection tour said the project forms part of government’s effort to address the perennial flooding in Accra.
“As part of President’s call to make Accra clean and also to reduce flooding in Accra by building a resilient city, we have identified flood prone areas of which the government through funding support from the World Bank under the GAMA project is to make sure that we are constructing bigger drains to be able to accommodate the amount of water when there is a downpour to reduce flooding” he said.
“When we are talking about clean Accra, we are not just talking about solid waste but the issue about drain maintenance is very key in environmental cleanliness and we are tackling all these issues upfront,” he added.
Story by: Nancy Essandoh|universnewsroom.com