wpid-MCC-road.jpgIn recent times, there is a bottleneck in the flow of traffic in Accra for various reasons.

One thing is obvious ? the road infrastructure has not expanded in tandem with human population and traffic growth.

It is not surprising that there is go-slow on every road leading to the central business district (CBD), as Accra has become an euphemism for Ghana.

About two decades ago, Accra was confined to a few of the traditional suburbs. But, today, it is bursting at the seams, virtually connecting the Central Region to the west, the Volta Region to the east and Eastern Region to the north.

Conservatively, it is estimated that apart from the permanent residents of Accra, about one million people visit the city every day.

No doubt, on a 24/7 basis, there is heavy human and vehicular traffic in the city jostling for the limited road infrastructure to reach the CBD to carry out their endeavours.

The situation does not seem to be abating, despite efforts at addressing the traffic jams, because progress of work on initiatives such as the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project has come to a standstill.

The Daily Graphic thinks that the governmental agencies responsible for Accra?s BRT owe residents some explanations on the true status of the project.

The public has the right to know because it is the taxpayers? money that will be used to fund the project, and even if it is a loan, as it partly is, the people will be called upon to pay in the end.

Time, they say, is money and so everybody who stays for long hours in traffic must be losing business or money. And since Accra is touted as the Millennium City and we also pride ourselves as the Gateway to West Africa, it behoves the authorities to expand our infrastructure to give Accra a competitive edge over other West African cities.

There are many things that we ought to do as a people to make Accra, and for that matter Ghana, attractive for business.

Our situation appears hopeless because in cities with similar headaches, the authorities and the police have managed to put in place a traffic management mechanism.

It is for this reason that we welcome the special operation to reduce traffic congestion in Accra by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), the police and other institutions to give commuters a breather on the roads and help them get to their workplaces on time and without any hustle.

The Daily Graphic hopes that this initiative will be sustained to reduce the go-slow on our roads and make movement by residents a pleasurable endeavour beyond the festivities.

Daily Graphic Dec 12, 2013

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