Work begins on underground drain at Kaneshie First Light to prevent constant flooding


Construction works on the underground drain located at Kaneshie First Light off the Winneba Road has commenced and it is expected to be completed in 30 days.

The project which is expected to curb constant flooding in the area is being funded the World Bank under the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project (GAMA-SWP), and implemented by the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources in collaboration with the Department of Urban Roads at a cost of  GH¢ 7 million.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah who disclosed this on Thursday during an inspection tour said the project forms part of government’s effort to address the perennial flooding in Accra.

“As part of President’s call to make Accra clean and also to reduce flooding in Accra by building a resilient city, we have identified flood prone areas of which the government through funding support from the World Bank under the GAMA project is to make sure that we are constructing bigger drains to be able to accommodate the amount of water when there is a downpour to reduce flooding” he said.

“When we are talking about clean Accra, we are not just talking about solid waste but the issue about drain maintenance is very key in environmental cleanliness and we are tackling all these issues upfront,” he added.

Mayor Sowah noted that the construction of the drain would help hold more water from Darkuman, Bubuashie and surrounding areas to prevent flooding during the rainy season and assured that plans had been put in place to construct more drains in flood prone areas in the city.

“This first light junction has become a challenge. There are much bigger drains but the water flows into a much smaller drain though the drain upstream which is about 4 meters and flows into a point which is very small. We are going to cut the road and also construct the road to a 4 meter drain onto an underground drain which is also a 4 meter size so that the water from upstream Bubuashie, Darkuman, Odorkor and all these areas will be able to pass through easily and conveniently to the underground drain over there” he said.

He was hopeful that, the construction of the drain would go a long way to help prevent flooding especially at first light.

“We are hoping that by the time we finish with the construction within one month, we won’t experience any flooding here at First Light and we are tackling it one by one and we are hopeful that within one year, we will finish constructing the major drains in all the flood prone areas in Accra,” he added.

The Engineer in charge of Sanitation at the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources Ing Gabriel Engmann said contractors would work day and night. He advised the public, motorists, and pedestrians to observe diversion signs to avoid inconveniences.

“Motorist from Kwame Nkrumah Interchange may divert through Feo Oyeo (Ghanaian Times) or Awudome roads unto the Nii Asere Ayittey Road behind Accra Academy School to get on to the Winneba road. Likewise, motorists from Kaneshie Pamprom area may divert through Nii Teiko Din, Awudome road and other connecting roads unto the Winneba road” he directed.

“Those using the Graphic road may divert on to the Ring Road West and other concerning roads and connect to the main road” he added.