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Construction of over 400 modern houses for Appiatse Community begins in April 2022

Construction of over 400 modern houses for Appiatse Community: The Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Benito Owusu-Bio has said that the reconstruction of the Appiatse community which was razed by the unfortunate explosion incident on 20 January 2022, has been scheduled to begin by the end of April this year. He disclosed this in a press briefing held on Friday 25 March 2022.

Outlining a number of milestones the team has been able to achieve since their period of inauguration, Benito said they have been able to redesign a new spatial plan for the Appiatse Community.

This, he said was done in deep consultation with the citizens of the town, their leaders, and professionals from the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority.

The Deputy Minister hinted that a Request for Proposals will be published on Monday, 28 March 2022 for interested contractors to bid for the designing and construction of the Appiatse community.

The Chairman of the Appiatse Support Fund Committee, Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee also shared a few thoughts saying “part of leaving out portions of the community untouched, like the hills and mountains, is part of the green concept that the President would like us to implement.”

“In addition, having these very narrow roads, to encourage walking and bicycling, is also part of the Green idea because the more vehicles we use, the more carbon monoxide we put out, the more we destroy the environment and the planning has taken all these into account” Rev. Joyce Aryee added.

Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee

Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee

She applauded the Reconstruction Committee on their progress made while beckoning the general public saying that global warming is not “European” and therefore “all hands must be on deck to ensure it’s eradication and all these presentations tell us that this is real and therefore we must come together to get this project done”.

She further hinted that her Committee will soon meet the media, providing details on funds collected and also jaw-jaw on how to solicit more funds for the project, adding that it’s not always about the quantum but the ability to sustain the inflow of contributions.

Blankson Hemans, a member of the team and a representative from the Ghana Institute of Architects gave a brief presentation on the way forward, clearly stating that the road networks within the settlements are the first construction works that will begin the entire project in April ending.

Blankson Hemans

Blankson Hemans

He explained that from the plan design, the team will be moving on to designing the actual houses which have warranted the requests for proposals from contractors for the reconstruction.

Detailing the number of houses expected in the new Appiatse Community, Hemans said 124 houses will be erected in the core area of the community flattened completely by the explosion, plus some other 292 buildings which will be simply retouched, bringing the total number of houses to be constructed to 416 houses of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 bedroom apartments.

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