Repair works have commenced on a section of the Achimota-Nsawam rail line.
The line was affected by the heavy rainfall in Accra on Monday night, June 8, and Tuesday morning, June 9.
The rains caused damages to the line and as a result, rock beds are being laid to prevent it from suffering similar fate especially as the rainy season sets in.
Ing. Dr. Michael Adjei Anyetei, Deputy Managing Director in charge of engineering, Ghana Railway Company Limited, blamed the destruction of the track on poor drainage networks, calling on the Ministry of Works and Housing to consider fixing the drainage system along the line.
He reiterated that the rehabilitation earlier started from the Accra rail station before the Covid-19 outbreak which forced them to go on a break.
As they resumed, the rains set in, which caused destruction to the track, hence the repair works on the section of the track, he added.
“What caused the destruction is not a failed track but rather a failed storm wall,” he said.
He complained about impact of the storm drain on the ‘health’ of the track.
He expressed the belief that the channel should have been continued so that the water can flow properly into the sea.
Thus, the Ghana Railways Company Limited is now laying rock beds along the track to prevent water from flowing on the track.
“The exercise is expected to be completed in a week’s time,” the Deputy Managing Director said.
He revealed that talks were being held to consider the resumption of commercial train service.
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