Minister for Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, has assured that construction works on the Odawna-Sahara drainage project will be completed in February 2020, ABC News can report.
Construction works on the Odawna drain, which begun in December 2017, involves the construction of reinforced concrete rectangular covered drain measuring 3.5mx 2.0mx520m length, including side drains.
Leading the President to inspect the progress of work as part of his three-day tour of the Greater Accra Region, the Member of Parliament of Akim Abuakwa indicated that the drainage construction work is almost complete, adding that the benefits have, so far, been phenomenal.
“The construction of the drain has tremendously transformed the area, mitigated the perennial flooding, and brought great relief to the residents of the area who used to evacuate their homes as soon as rain clouds began to gather,” stated.
The Minister further assured the President that the drain will be covered to present the dumping of refuse into it.
As part of measures to mitigate Accra’s flooding menace, Government contracted Messrs, Chum Turk Ventures in April 2019 for the construction of the drain around the Odawnaa ‘Fitters’ area. The contract sum was GH¢2,499,715.90, and it involves the reconstruction of the existing block to intercept and convey storm water flows from the ‘Fitters’ area into the Odaw drain.
Commencement of work on the project delayed due to persistent rainfall, which usually resulted in the flooding of the area, including the project site.
However, with the rains having subsided, the Works and Housing Minister disclosed that work has commenced and about 100m of the drain has so far been constructed.