Management of Alhaji and Madina Company Ltd has parried blames from traders that they are to blamed for the recent flooding inAsafo market area.
The company which is construction some stores around the Asafo market on a Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) Agreement with the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly says the main cause of the flooding is authorities failure to desilt some chambers in the main drains.
Site Engineer of the company, Mr. Brobbey Jacobu told this journalist during a tour around the market that there is the urgent need to desilt the strategic inspection chambers in the drains.
“The chambers have been chocked for several months and have not been desilted, that is the main challenge,” he pointed.
The chambers are the main sources linking flowing water into the Subin valley but most of them are either half choked or completely choked with polythene bags,filth and sand.
Mr. Brobbey said the inability of water in the drains to flow freely makes it come onto the streets and other parts of the market causing the area to flood.
The inspection chambers, he explained are the main sources that link water into the Subin drainage but currently most of them are choked blocking the smooth flow of water into the drains.
It was gathered that none of the about ten (10) inspection chambers had free flow of water, as they had been filled with sand and garbage.
Mr. Brobbey said even though their company cannot be blamed for the the floods, they are willing and ready to partner KMA to address the challenge.
He advised the media and sections of traders who are quick in apportioning blame on the company to visit the area to see for themselves the chocked inspection chambers.
“It would be very helpful if anyone who wants to blame any entity for the floods to come over and see what’s happened here for themselves, then they can share their views from an informed angle,” he pointed.
It would be recalled that
Scores of traders at Asafo market on Tuesday, 31st August, 2021 had their wares destroyed after a heavy downpour.
Almost all the stores ,especially those area the Asafo interchange got flooded leaving them with with huge costs out of the wreckage.
Items destroyed include flour, rice, sugar, leathers and clothing materials among others.
Aggrieved traders have since been looking for whom to blame for their woes, and some, wrongly accused the Alhaji and Madina Company Ltd.
Meanwhile, a number of shop owners who spoke to this journalist lamented that the flooding have been with them many years now and despite series of complaints to city authorities nothing have been done to curb it.
According to them, city authorities have been there to give promises about fixing the situation but yet nothing has been done.
They want city authorities to as a matter of urgency come to their rescue to prevent any future occurrences.
To the shop owners, city engineers need to ensure free flow of water ithrough the inspection chambers.
The inspection chambers according to experts, are made with Culverts because they are strategically placed to ensure smooth flowing of water through to avoid flooding but Urban Road Engineers who are supposed to regularly inspect and address the challenges thereof, have slept over the job.
Some of the choked chambers at Asafo Market along the interchange