Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Friday 26 February 2022 cut sod for rehabilitation and auxiliary infrastructure of Kumasi inner city roads under the Sino hydro facility.
The project is captured in the approved lots under phase 1 of the Sino hydro Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA) between Ghana and China which involves the construction of 441 kilometres of road networks and two interchanges.
At a sod cutting ceremony held at Asuoyeboa in the Kwasdaso Municipality of Ashanti Region, Dr Bawumia revealed that, the project is expected to cover 100 kilometres of roads within Greater Kumasi. Asante-Mampong as well as Effiduase and Asokore are also expected to benefit from the project. The project is scheduled to be completed within 30 months.
Works to be done under the project shall include upgrading and improving the condition of 145 separate roads through various periodic maintenance activities like minor rehabilitation, upgrading and partial reconstruction as well as construction of road side drains, provision of culverts, earthworks, provision of base and sub base, double surface dressing and road line marking. Speed calming devices will also be installed around schools and other locations that shall be identified along the roads.
The Vice President noted that the project will help reduce congestion and the travel times within Greater Kumasi. This is a testament that the government is delivering on its campaign promises to make life comfortable for the citizens. Touting the achievement of the NPP government, the Vice President added that “completed roads in 4 years of the NPP administration surpassed that of the NDC in 8 years. In Ashanti region alone, government has so far asphalted 227 km of roads and additional 400km of asphalt will be completed by 2024. Several other roads have been upgraded. This is a testimony of government’s resolve to give the region its fair share of the national cake and more are in the offing”.
The Minister for Roads and Highways, Hon. Kwasi Amoako-Attah indicated that “adequate provision has been made in the contract for the payment of compensation to properties that shall be affected by the project”.
The ambassador for the People’s Republic of China to Ghana, H.E. Lu Kun was elated about the strong bilateral ties between Ghana and China. The 100 km Kumasi city inner roads project would be undertaken by Messrs Sino hydro corporation limited. Contractors have assured that the project will be executed well and as scheduled.