The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on Roads and Transport, has expressed disappointment at the slow pace of work on the construction of the Twifo Praso ? Dunkwa Road..

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Work on the 25-kilometre road project , awarded on contract at the cost of GHC 35.1 million, began in May 2011, and was scheduled to be completed in June 2013, but extended to December this year due to some challenges.

Yet, as at Wednesday, October 22, when the 18-member committee inspected progress of work, as part of a five-day evaluation and monitoring of road networks in the region, the project was still hovering around 20 percent completion, with only a four-kilometre primer seal completed.

Mr. Michael Coffie Boampong, Chairman of the Committee and Member of Parliament for Bia West, told the Ghana News Agency that he was totally dismayed about work on the project, especially when the road was one of the worst in the region which needed attention.

Mr. Kow Sam, Project Manager of K.B Annan, the construction company executing the project, when queried, blamed the delay on the failure of the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) to provide them with new drawings that became necessary due to some initial challenges

But the Central Regional Director of Ghana Highways Authority (GHA), Mr. Owusu Sekyere said, after making the re-designing, the new drawings were released to the company in May this year.

It was evident during the inspection that no substantive work had been done since the company received the drawings five months ago, in spite of being paid GHC 8.7 million out of the project cost being funded by government .

The condition of the road network has been of major concern to the people of Dunkwa, since it was impacting negatively on the transportation of agricultural produce with significant post-harvest loses, as well as other economic activities.

Commuters, especially from Cape Coast and other areas, who cannot endure the bumpy ride on the road due to its deplorable state, especially during the rainy season, are compelled to use the long distanced Obuasi road in the Asanti Region.

The Committee after subjecting the Project Manager and GHA to about 15 minutes of interrogation, urged them to be up and doing in order to meet the deadline.

The situation was, however, different on the Kyekyere- Kumakrom road being constructed by SILTEK Limited under the Department of Feeder Roads, as its first phase had seen 65 percent progress.

The project, started in February 2009, but had its completion date revised and exetnded to November this year at a contract sum of GHC2, 462,238.56, and was ahead of schedule.

GNA

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