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18-Jul-2009  
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The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) yesterday commenced an exercise to demolish 80 unauthorised buildings sited on watercourses, in order to stop what authorities described as human-induced flooding in the city.

On the first day of the operation, bulldozers pulled down 26 unauthorised buildings said to be on the course of the Owabi River at Kronum Kyekyire, Forty-four other houses have been earmarked for demolition in the same area but the authorities are still vetting permits provided by the property owners.

Kumasi has had its share of the heavy rains which resulted in flooding in many parts of the country. Three members of a family of four died at Kronum Kyekyire when their house collapsed on them following flooding after a downpour. In addition to that property worth thousands of Ghana cedis was destroyed in the area as a result of flooding. Although some of the residents whose buildings were demolished said they agreed that the buildings were sited on the watercourse, they chastised the chiefs of the area for selling the land to them.

Many of them, especially the women, wept uncontrollably as the bulldozer shovelled their buildings, which they claimed had been constructed with money earned from many years of toil. Some of them pleaded with the authorities to grant them a grace period to look for alternative accommodation. Policemen were present to prevent any possible clash between the authorities and the residents who might have sought to stop the demolition exercise.

However, the exercise was carried out peacefully, as there was no resistance from any quarters. The Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Samuel Sarpong, who personally supervised the exercise, said all unauthorised structures would be demolished to help avert any more disasters in future. He announced that the exercise would move into the heart of Kumasi, after Kronum, to areas such as Oforikrom, Susanso, Anloga and Airport Roundabout (Agye Boat) where some buildings are sitting on watercourses.

He said the assembly was taking the exercise step by step and that it was currently taking an inventory of all structures on watercourses in those areas as part of due diligence to check where there were no permits and such structures were obstructing the free flow of water. Mr Sarpong said the assembly wanted to find a lasting solution to the recurrent trend and prevent situations such as happened in Accra.
 
 
 
 

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