Kumawu-Ashanti — The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Kumawu, Mr. Philip Kennedy Kwame Basoah, has paid a visit to the camp of Messrs Tahal Consulting Engineers Limited, the Israeli contractor executing a 3K water project.
MP Basoah was at the project site last week Wednesday to acquaint himself with progress of work on the project, which is to benefit the people of Kumawu and Konongo in the Ashanti Region, and the Kwahu Ridge in the Eastern Region, as well as find out challenges being faced by the contractor.
The inspection tour of the MP was occasioned by rumours that the contractor would not go by the original master plan for the completely new Kumawu water supply system.
The project was billed to serve Kumawu and 26 communities after raw water had been abstracted from the Afram River at Aframso for treatment and pumped through two separate transmission lines to Kwaman.
From there, the pumping would be in three phases to the beneficiary communities, via the Kumawu system, which would have five concrete ground level reservoirs at the treatment plant, as well as six concrete elevated 2,000 cubic metre capacity tanks at Drobonso, Kumawu, Jaduakom, Kwaman and Kyebi.
The 3k water project is being funded by Messrs Bank Hapoalim B. M. of Israel, under a mixed loan agreement entered into by the Ghana Government in April 2008.
The contractor is to implement the Kwahu Ridge Water Supply Rehabilitation and Expansion project, Konongo Water Supply and Expansion project, and an entirely new water supply system for Kumawu, under the consultancy of ADK Consortium, representing the Ghana Government per the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, with Ghana Water Company Limited as the implementing entity.
Mr. Francis Ocansey, Resident Engineer of the project, who briefed the MP about the progress of work during the visit, disclosed there had been changes in the original plan to meet financial constraints.
According to him, ten communities, which are Aframso, Jaduako, Kwaman/Pepease, Kumawu, Abotanso, Besoro, Woaraso, Bodomase and Timati, have been captured in the first phase of the Kumawu Water project, and that negotiations were under way to ensure that all other communities, originally factored into the project, benefit from it.
The Engineer said 53,167 metres of pipe lines had been laid and buried, awaiting pressure testing, while six elevated water tanks were at the foundation level.
Ing. Ocansey said the construction of ground level reservoirs would begin by the end of this month, and that construction of water treatment plants and intake points would commence by the close of 2013.
He said, however, that in spite of the initial delays, the two phase project was within cost, as there had been an enhancement in the contract sum of $236 million, from the original $120 million.
The Resident Engineer complained that the contractor was challenged in the fact that the scope of work required the contractor to do the designs, construction and procurement.
He said besides the central government raising GH¢23,615 to pay compensation to land owners for right of way for routes of the pipe lines and storage sites, new components had been added to the project.
He said, while an office complex was to be built for the management and staff to man the distribution at Kumawu, a new 864 cubic metre water treatment plant and 3.7 kilometres of distribution lines would be constructed at Konongo.
Ing. Ocansey said the Konongo expansion required a 220 cubic metre treatment plant, but had to be increased to 864 cubic metres per hour, alongside 1,000 cubic raw water storage, to meet an envisaged population for 2025.
He said Biwater Ghana had been contracted to lay the pipes at Kumawu with Consar Limited doing the construction of elevated water tanks and ground level reservoirs, while Blessed Field Company was for the distribution lines for the Konongo expansion works.
Mr. Nissim Elus, the contractor, said the project was scheduled to be completed by 2015, and indicated that a booster pumping station would be tested in October this year.
MP Basoah, who expressed satisfaction at the level of work done so far, promised to make the necessary personal inputs to ensure that the project was smoothly implemented.
He urged the contractor to ensure that the project was executed according to the original master plan, by prevailing upon the Ghana Water Company, as the implementing agency, to capture all intended beneficiary communities to have access to water under the project.
Mr. Basoah hoped the project would be completed in time to help address the perennial water shortage in the area to enhance socio-economic and farming activities.
The MP, who was accompanied by constituency executives of the NPP, including the constituency chairman, Mr. Joseph Danso, was conducted round the sites for the construction of elevated water tanks and ground level reservoirs at Bodomase and Besoro.
Meanwhile, the District Chief Executive, Mr. Samuel Asiamah of the Sekyere Afram Plains District, has commended the MP for the initiative of complementing the efforts of the District Administration at ensuring the speedy execution of the project.
He said the development of the district called for efforts from all factions to strive for the best for the constituents.
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