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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Public Hearing Forum over the Sunyani water supply expansion project held at Abesim

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has organised a public hearing
forum at Abesim near Sunyani over the Proposed Sunyani Water Supply
Expansion Project.

Feasibility studies have been
completed by the Ghana Water
Company Limited to build a dam on
the Tano River near Abesim in the
Sunyani Municipality to store water
and to also expand the treatment of water capacity to meet the demand
shortfall in the municipality. The project would also make provision
for future water demand requirements for Sunyani and its environs
which are facing water scarcity.

Mr. Hanson Mensah-Akutteh said, The Abesim Headworks currently
operates six pumps at its intake, with daily production of 1.5
million gallons as against the demand of 4.5 million gallons daily.
According to him, there would be an increament of about 9.68 million
gallons
by the year 2030 after the expansion works.

EPA saids, they have put measures in place to compensate all those the
project will have negative impact on their daily activities.

Nana Tuah Berimaa Nkwantabisa, who represented Osagyefo Oseadeeyo
Agyemang-Badu, Dormaa Hene, expressed his dissatisfaction, saying they
won't allow the project to commence untill the authorities put up the
right mechanisms in place, because he had a letter which states that
it's a galamsey operations which is gearing up to take place at the
area instead of a dam. "We won't allow them, they should sit us down
for a proper discussion because there are a lot of farms at this
proposed site, so let us know the number of farmers who will be
affected."
Nana Tuah Berimaa Nkantabisa, stated that they don't want reoccurance
of what happened after the First President, Kwame Nkrumah's
acquisition of lands for some projects in the country whereby
authorities has failed to pay the compensatory price and the matter
has been send to court recently.

Nana Bofotia Boamponsem II, Kuronti-hene of Sunyani urged all present
to co-operate with authorities in the construction of the dam. He
appealed to the authorities to pay a good sum of compensatory price to
the people who the project will affect their activies during and after
the construction of the dam.


By: Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku (KOK)

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