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08.02.2007 General News

Asafo Interchange To Be Ready In May

By Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi
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The Management of Sorroch Gelfi, the construction company undertaking the Asafo interchange road project in Kumasi, has assured the government of completing the work in May, this year.

According to Petris Gianfranco, site manager, the work should have been completed in December last year, but they had to make some changes to the design.

'We have now done 87 per cent of the work, and we assure Ghanaians especially those in Kumasi, and the government that come May, the road will be ready for use,' he said.

Mr. Gianfranco, was briefing the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah, during an inspection tour of the project on Tuesday.

Accompanied by his deputy, Osei Assibey Antwi and other staff of the Regional Coodinating Council, the Minister also inspected other ongoing projects in the metropolis including the Baba Yara Sports Stadium and City Hotel being renovated by Conscu Limited and China State Company, respectively.

The Jackson Park being converted into the Jubilee durbar ground at Dunkirk was also inspected.

The about ¢100 billion interchange project, when completed is expected to ease the traffic congestion from Kejetia.

According to the resident engineer, Mr Owusu Sekyere Antwi, the project, initially was estimated at ¢76 billion, but as a result of the change in design, the cost has gone up.

At the Sports Stadium, Mr Stefano Ramella, managing director of Conscu Limited, expressed optimism about completing the work in December, saying '60 per cent is done.'

The Minister was however not satisfied with work at the Jubilee durbar ground and urged contractors to expedite work.

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