Some makeshift structures situated in the Tema industrial area have been pulled down leaving squatters stranded.
The structures demolished by the Ghana Railway Development Authority, on Friday will make way for the 92 kilometre Tema-Mpakadan Railway project.
Speaking to Journalists, Corporate Affairs Director of the Railway Development Authority, Nana Afua Ohenewaa I, explained that the project had already delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic adding that, failure of her outfut to provide land for contractors to commence work could amount to additional charges.
She said “eventhough it was a wrong time to carry out the demolition exercise, the continuous stay of the encroachers on the land of the rail line was delaying the project”.
The Corporate Affairs Director noted that several eviction notice has been issued to the residents, but it has been to avail, stressing that it was dangerous to reside near a rail line.
“When the train starts operations, it will move at a speed of 120 kilometres per hour so we cannot have people residing near the rail lines. If we allow them to stay here, one day a train will knock a child and it will be blamed on us, it is better they relocate now”.
She added that there was the need to construct drains to carry away rain water from the lines to ensure the longevity of the project, noting that due to the presence of the encroachers, it had been impossible to do so.
The rail lines, she noted, must have a buffer of 50 metres stretch on both sides, a position she said the encroachers had defied putting their lives and that of children at stake.
Some residents who have had their structures demolished appealed to the authorities to get them a temporal place to reside while they go in search for a new home.
By Agnes Melissa Yovo | Talksafrica.com