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Accra drains to be expanded

The City of Accra would soon see a massive drainage expansion which would make open drains the thing of the past as part of the city’s redevelopment agenda in an effort to end the city’s perennial flooding.

The Executive Secretary of Accra Sanitary Sewer and Storm water Drainage Alleviation Project, under the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mr. Robert S. Ansah, told The Mirror that the major contributory factor of the perennial flooding was due to choked gutters, therefore, covering the drains would prevent them from silting.

”The dredging of the Korle Lagoon and the de-silting of the Odaw drains are part of the fight to end the flooding. Other major drainage basins in the Accra Metropolis such as the Lafa, Chemu, Kpeshie, Osu Klottey, Morkwei, and Songor lagoons will all be dredged,” he said.

With respect to the recent flooding in some parts of the city, Mr Ansah noted that unlike previous flooding where it took a longer period for the water to clear off, in the recent flooding, the water could flow quickly due to the de-silting of the Odaw.

He urged people to see the fight to end the perennial flooding in Accra as a shared responsibility and help sustain it.

Source: Graphic Online

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