The Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly is to commence the second phase of a decongestion exercise it began in the last quarter of 2017 to rid the streets of Takoradi especially off illegal vehicle loading and off loading points.
The first phase of the decongestion exercise which saw the relocation of buses which ply the Northern part of the Region as well as some stations operating at unauthorized locations within the Metropolis to the Apremdo Market’s reconstructed Lorry Terminal opened the hitherto abandoned market for brisk trading activities., although a visit by Empire FM’s Nana Adjoa Entsuah to the market indicated that a section of the market is yet to be occupied by its intended occupants, which according to sources is the second hand clothing dealers operating in Takoradi.
“The first phase of the decongestion exercise has brought up developments worth mentioning…trading activities at the Apremdo market in general has significantly improved since the commencement of the exercise”, says Mr. Anthony K. K. Sam, the Metropolitan Chief Executive of the STMA who briefed the press on the second phase of the exercise”.
Another notable result was also the introduction of long distance loading stations at Sekondi to Kumasi, Accra, Swedru, Mankessim, Cape Coast and other destinations saving travelers the cost of travelling to Takoradi to board vehicles. The second phase of the exercise which takes off on Monday January 15, would be carried out in some selected locations especially within the central business district, Takoradi and Kwesimintsim.
The exercise will this time come with a massive demolishing of unauthorized structures along some streets within the Metropolis. The areas of concentration would be the inner and outer parameters of the Takoradi Market, Collins Avenue, Ahanta Road, Old Accra Station and around the Super Star hotel all in Takoradi. Similar decongestion and demolishing exercise would be carried out in all five sub-metros of the STMA including Kwesimintsim’s self made market.
The MCE said the second phase would require 110 personnel made up of Metro Guards, Police and Military personnel, artisans and laborers adding, “We intend to intensively sustain the exercise as it had been done with the relocation of the unauthorized lorry terminals”.
Another major worry of the assembly was the growing usage of trucks which are left unattended to after close of work.
He said, the pushers of these trucks park anyhow without recourse to other road users and even residents and called on such people to desist from indiscriminately parking around the central business district. The assembly according to him, would be carrying out a major desilting exercise to rid the gutters and drains off filth.
Mr. Sam on the other hand, called on all stakeholders within the STMA to effectively collaborate and work together in projecting the twin-city as one of the cleanest, beautiful and most habitable city in the Ghana.