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04.04.2007 General News

Gt. Accra development plan under review


A 12-member committee has been set up by the Ministry of Tourism and Diasporan Relations to look into the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Development Plan developed 15 years ago.

The action was informed by the growing demand of the economy in terms of population size, infrastructure and social needs as well as the changes in governance of the city.

Speaking in an interview, the Director for the Modernization of the Capital City, Dr Thomas Fokuo Agyapong, said the Committee made up of experts including economists, development planners, engineers and architects were mandated to review the plan to give it a short, medium and long-term strategic view.

He said the old plan had features like road networks, telecommunications, environment and natural resources and security.

Dr Agyapong said a two-year strategic plan had been developed in the interim to look at the urban economy in respect of Greater Accra and Tema.

He noted that economic and social development needed to be dynamic to reflect current and growing changes in the society, hence the need for a workable plan, which would facilitate the city's development and beautification.

Dr Agyapong said the growth in population required that the features in the 1992 plan were reviewed and the necessary modifications done to suit the status of the Capital City.

He said so far copies of the drafted Review Plan had been circulated to all sectors concerned, including Ministries, Department and Agencies to enable them to make inputs.

He said after every necessary procedure had been followed and the draft approved by the Government, it would become a working document for local authorities, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Tema Municipal Assembly and other districts within the Capital City.

Source: GNA