The Ashanti Regional Minister, Peter Anarfi Mensah has ordered the Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly and the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to demolish a four-storey building on the latter’s main pipe line at Asawase in the Ashanti Region.
The Minister’s decision comes in the wake of GWCL officials threats to cut down water supply to Manhyia, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Aboabo, Airport and other fifteen communities in the Kumasi metropolis in view of the challenges the structure poses to water delivery.
The Minister fumed and demanded that the owner should stop work immediately. “Let’s resolve all t issues in connections with the construction”. He stated
‘We cannot allow the construction to go on to cause havoc before we call for remedies, the pipeline is serving the whole community. I have instructed the Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly to demolish the structure. With immediate effect, work must stop and the developer must see me in the office by the close of the day,’ he asserted.
‘If the pipeline is spoilt, fifteen communities will be affected, including Manhyia. Just because of one person’s negligence everybody is going to suffer by not getting water to drink. We should abide by laws’. He demanded
The Regional Chief Manager of Ashanti South of the GWCL, Ing. Daniel G. Muomaalah explained people seeking to put up structures on main pipelines must seek clearance from his outfit.
‘The developer of this four-storey has abused it by building close to our pipeline, fifteen meters away from the road must be considered when construction is done around pipelines. In event there is a pipe burst there is no way we can solve the problem. Some of the towns that will be affected if we allow the construction to go on include Anloga, Atonsu, Guinness, Kaasi, Adukrom, Sawaba, Oforkirom, Sepetimpon,’ he revealed.
The families of the developer, Mohammed Aminu accused the MCE for masterminding the demolition to pave way for his personal structure on the land, saying they should have waited for the court to come out with a decision before this demolition.
As at the time of filing this report, all the structures were demolished.