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General News
Monorail Line Project Begins, September 2/11/2011

A monorail system operates on elevated beams and does not disturb pedestrian and vehicular traffic on the ground and is expected to run a along the bed line of Accra which will cover the Osu-Airport, Tetteh Quarshie Mallam Junction, Mallam-Junction-Dansoman and Dansoman-High Street corridors.

Mr. Alfred Vanderpuije, Chief Executive Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), announced this at a millennium city initiative review in Accra yesterday.

He said feasibility studies and funding for the project had been secured but the final arrangements will have to be forwarded to cabinet for approval before actual construction will start in September.

He said as part of measures to develop Accra into a millennium city, there is the need to improve the transport system to ensure efficient management of time within the metropolis.

Mr. Vanderpuije said with the President declaring 2011 an action year, the AMA will work to ensure that the lives of people in the city are improved.

He said already there is concrete evidence to show that the assembly is on course to transform Accra into a millennium city.

“The abolition of the shift system in schools, road construction and the establishment of millennium
schools across the city all go to show that we are serious about achieving our aim of making Accra modern city,” he added.

He said in addition to the feasibility studies, transformation of all traffic and street lights in the capital has been completed by the Chinese firm that manufactures the new technology.

“The exercise is to ensure that the city stays abreast of modern technologies in the way it manages its traffic and street lights,” he said.

Meanwhile a group of architects from the Earth Institute of Columbia University, USA, has called on the city authorities to take steps to preserve the technology and cultural heritage of the capital as it seeks to transform it into a millennium city.

The group, led by Professor Richard A. Plunz, Director, Urban Design Laboratory of the Columbia University, said initial reports indicated that the situation in Accra is not helpless and that much could be done to give the city a facelift.

He hinted that Accra will have to consider vertical development in order to create the necessary spaces for economic activities in the Ga Mashie, Nima and other areas.

He said with commitment and cooperation from the city dwellers, a lot of transformation could be achieved.

Professor Plunz commended the residents for their enthusiasm and show of interest in the whole exercise.

The survey was conducted at Nima, Ga Mashie and Ayidiki.

Source: The Ghanaian Times

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