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16.11.2019 General News

Adenta residents petition MCE to halt construction of illegal building project

By MyJoyOnline
The construction site which sits on the greenbelt is near a storm drain
The construction site which sits on the greenbelt is near a storm drain

A group of residents of Ala-Lomo and Aprotech Street at Bridge junction in Adenta have petitioned the Adenta Municipality Chief Executive to stop the ongoing construction of a private building project.

They say the project which is being built on the greenbelt, near a storm drain causes the area to flood as it is on a waterway.

The greenbelt and storm drain in the area is meant to help floodwater move downstream, away from the community.

But recent torrential rains on November 10 had nowhere to flow to.

The water simply filled the foundation trenches on the construction site and also flowed backstream causing flooding due to blocked drains, gutters and land erosion.

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Muddy floodwater in the foundation trenches of the construction site

According to the petitioners, the private developer responsible for the building project is retired DCOP of the Ghana Police Service, Moses Atimbilla.

They claim he has not been able to show a building permit or title deed for the land on which he is building at Bridge Junction opposite SSNIT Block 79 at Housing-Down, in Adenta.

Several other people have also claimed the land to be their own.

Dr Aryee-Boi, a concerned community member and structural engineer, who leads the petitioners, rallied community residents to clean-up the mess left behind by the floods.

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Residents clear a large gutter filled with weeds at Bridge Junction, Adenta

The group of residents also demolished shack structures sitting on the greenbelt that were used for small businesses.

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Residents gave the small shack owners three days notice before demolishing the unwanted properties

Dr Aryee-Boi is also calling on the Urban Roads Department of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly to make themselves available in the local area to clear the pipe culverts that require special tools and skill to help avert future flooding issues in the area.

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