The recent demolition exercise in the national capital being undertaken by city authorities has been questioned by the Town and Country planning Department.
Town & Country Planning Dept. warns AMA over Accra demolitions
Thousands of homes have been destroyed at Sodom and Gomorrah, Bukom and other places in the capital as AMA undertook a demolition exercise rendering a lot of people homeless.
According to Mohammed Alhassan, a senior planner with the department, city authorities decision to pull down structures without proper alternative resettlement systems could be counterproductive as those affected are likely to resettle at other unapproved places.
“It’s not enough to just displace people in the name of ensuring order.
"We have a practical situation involving inadequate housing and so if you remove the people without any alternative to housing them, what we end up doing is displace them and get them organise themselves into pocket of slums across the city,” he told Starr News.
Thousands of homes have been destroyed at Sodom and Gomorrah, Avenor, Bukomand other places in the capital as the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) undertook a demolition exercise rendering a lot of people homeless.
The demolition follows government’s decision to prevent another occurrence of the June 3 flood and fire disasters which claimed over 150 lives. Many have said that the flood was caused by structures built on waterways.
The Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije has hinted of more demolition of unauthorized structures at Old Fadama, commonly known as Sodom and Gomorrah.
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