Five hundred acres have been reclaimed along the Atlantic Ocean at Ada in the Greater Accra Region under the first phase of the Ada Coast Protection Project.
The first phase of the project, executed at a 50 million euros, was initially scheduled to be completed in December 2013 but was completed in August 2013, five months ahead of schedule.
Three hundred metres, covering various infrastructure, including houses, roads, schools, and cemeteries, have reportedly been swallowed by the sea through tidal waves over a period.
The first phase involved the construction of 15 groynes and other onshore works over a stretch of 10 kilometres.
Dredging International and the International Marine and Dredging Construction (IMDC), both Belgian companies, are the contractors and the consultants, respectively, on the project.
The project is designed to reclaim and protect the coastline. Minister inspects progress of work
Inspecting progress of work at Ada Thursday, the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Alhaji Collins Dauda, said the project was expected to reclaim a 14.7km stretch of coastal bed lost along the Atlantic Ocean in the Ada East District in the Greater Accra Region.
According to him, work was progressing steadily on the second phase, which included mainly beach nourishment and protective barriers.
He said the second phase, which is currently 25 per cent complete, was scheduled to be completed by March 2016 at a cost of 165 million euros.
The completion of the second phase will bring the total cost of the project to 215 million euros.
“We want to make sure that at the end of the day we have the natural conditions that existed here,” he stated.
The Ada coastline was said to be disappearing at a rate of between 6-8 metres a year, a development which posed a serious threat to the lives and livelihoods of the inhabitants.
“It was to save the situation from further deterioration and bring relief to the people that the government sought funds to undertake the project,” Alhaji Dauda said.
He called on the Ada East District Assembly to take advantage of the tourism opportunities the project would present to generate extra revenue to develop the area, instead of depending totally on the central government.
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