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General News Mon, 19 Nov 2001

Kaneshie to get modern car park

THE Accra Markets Limited is sourcing for funds to construct an ultra modern three tier car park at the Kaneshie Market Complex.

The project which was supposed to have begun last year, is estimated at $8 million.

According to Mr Kwame Amporful, Senior Market Manager, about five external companies are bidding for the project and expressed the hope that it will begin by April next year.

Mr Amporful said the car park which will have a capacity of 500 will accommodate the growing number of private and commercial vehicles that come into the market daily.

He said the existing car park has been encroached upon by squatters, making it difficult for cars to find parking spaces.

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He said also that the place becomes muddy whenever it rains thus causing a lot of inconveniences to people who come into the market.

“The company, therefore, has an obligation to resettle the commercial drivers in the market as soon as the project begins”.

He said at the moment three places have been earmarked for the resettlement of drivers. The squatters, he explained will be given a month’s notice after which they will be evicted for the work to go on smoothly.

Mr Amporful said most of the squatters have stalls in the market but have decided to sell outside since they believe that is the best way to attract more customers.

He said the expansion of the car park will increase the revenue collection base of the market as well as provide adequate security for property.

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He said plans are also underway to review rates of shops and stalls in the market so as to get enough revenue for the effective running of the market.

The senior market manager said this has become necessary because rates have not been reviewed for the past two years, he indicated that the management has applied to the Accra Metropolitan Authority (AMA) for the approval of the proposed rates.

“ We have already started negotiations with the market women and property owners about the review and they are to communicate to us their problems,” he said.

Mr Amporful said at the moment the company makes enough revenue for the day-to day running of the market in terms of painting, refuse collection, repair of leakages and payment of salaries.

Source: Daily Graphic