Local Government Minister, Collins Dauda, Kojo Bonsu and other dignitaries inspecting the ongoing project
MINISTER FOR Local Government and Rural Development, Alhaji Collins Dauda, has expressed satisfaction about progress of work on the ongoing redevelopment of the Kejetia Bus Terminal in Kumasi.
Considering the pace of the construction, he expressed confidence that the project, which is being constructed at the cost of $298 million, would be completed on time to help traffic flow in the city.
Alhaji Dauda made the remarks on Thursday when he and other top officials inspected progress of work on the Phase 1 of the ongoing redevelopment of Kejetia and Central Market in Kumasi, capital of the Ashanti Region.
The project which comprised three phases commenced on October 2015.
Phase 1 of the project located at the former Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) bus terminal at Kejetia would encompass about 5,000 shops when completed.
The facilities would include a Police Post, Clinic, ICT and Social Centre, Crèche and Nursery, Banks and public toilets among other facilities, expected to give the project an international status.
Alhaji Dauda noted that the new project will bring to an end the frequent fire outbreaks associated with the old market adding that vehicular and human mobility will be easy.
The minister was accompanied on the inspection tour by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Johnny Osei and Kwadwo Bonsu, Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive among other dignitaries.
Alhaji Dauda disclosed that management of the new market will reinstate the traders who occupied spaces in the old market, adding that the new market is expected to be completed in 2018.
He explained that the project when completed will among other things ease the perennial traffic jam that has characterized the place for several years, adding that it will be a unique state of the art market in the sub region.
The minister added that provision will be made for other traders in the Central market to be relocated into the Kejetia market to make way for the commencement of the Central market project.
Alhaji Dauda assured that the interest of the traders will be respected in the allocation of spaces to them, urging residents of Kumasi and the nearby areas to support the project.
The Project Manager for Contracta Engineering Company Limited, Carlos Gala assured that the project which is expected to be completed in 2018 will be handed over to government ahead of time if they do not face any weather hazards.
He was happy that all resources for the construction of the project are in place.
Some of the traders who spoke to the DAILY GUIDE however feared, the management of the new market was likely to sideline them for the rich people who can afford any charges in owning stalls.
A driver also called on the Metropolitan Chief Executive to work hand in hand with the Police and GPRTU to help reduce the heavy traffic which has characterized the place due to the ongoing construction works.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi