From Sebastian R. Freiku
The first phase of the Kejetia/Central Market Redevelopment project, being executed by Messrs Contracta Engeharia Limited, a Brazilian construction firm, on a Design, Build, Operate and Transfer (DBO&T) basis at an estimated cost of US$259,425,000, which started on July 14, 2015, is 95 per cent complete.
The first of the three-phase project consists of the general infrastructure like roads and transport system, drain system, market infrastructure detailed as parking lot, transport terminal, community facilities, and market construction, namely the technical, stalls and circulation and metallic roofing, is expected to facilitate economic and trading activities in Kumasi and beyond.
Mr. Jorge Javares de Almera, Project Director of the company, who disclosed this, said all the major construction works under the first phase are almost complete.
It is expected to be completed by August this year and pave the way for the commencement of the second and third phases of the Redevelopment Project.
The Project Director gave the completion timeline for the project as August this year.
He was briefing the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi, heads of departments, members of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), as well as members of the five newly-created municipal assemblies (Old Tafo, Suame, Kwadaso, Oforikrom and Asokwa), at a stakeholders’ meeting last week Tuesday, May 29, 2018.
The Project Director briefed the participants on the progress of work done and the way forward for the commencement of the second phase, upon completion of the first phase.
This is in line with efforts to utilise effectively the US$100 million allocated in the 2018 Budget statement for the project.
Mr. Javares de Almera assured the KMA management that the contractor was keen in completing the project within the stipulated time, to allow for the relocated traders and those to be affected by phase 2 to be settled there.
Mayor Assibey Antwi said the government attached much importance to the project and urged the contractors to focus on the task ahead.
He gave the firm assurance that all the traders who were affected by the exercise would be duly resettled, and hinted that validation of the traders for this purpose would soon be done.
The second and third phases, for which $100 million has been budgeted, will focus on the redevelopment of the Kumasi Central market.