April 17, 2024

A picture on the the ongoing contruction under highger voltage lines

Residents and authorities in Dzorwulu, Accra, are embroiled in controversy following the construction of one-storey building stores directly under electricity pylons, contravening safety regulations that prohibit human habitation within 50 meters of high-voltage cables.

The decision to permit the construction has raised eyebrows, especially considering the long-standing rule aimed at safeguarding public safety. Surprisingly, squatters trading under the pylons were evicted, only for stores to be erected in their place, prompting questions about the city authorities’ commitment to enforcing regulations.

The stores are situated at the well-known ‘Bayere’ Junction in Dzorwulu under the jurisdiction of the Ayawaso West Wougon Municipal Assembly, sparking concerns among residents about the potential risks posed by the proximity to the high-voltage power lines.

Henry Quartey, now Minister for Interior-Designate but formerly Greater Accra Regional Minister, gained prominence for demolishing similar structures, including those erected under high-tension cables at ‘Bayere’ Junction. However, the ongoing construction under the same power lines has left many wondering why such action has not been taken.

The glaring question remains: who authorized the construction, and what prompted the decision to allow such a potentially hazardous venture? Concerns about public safety and the integrity of regulatory oversight have intensified, with residents and stakeholders demanding accountability and transparency regarding the ownership and authorization of the construction project.

As the controversy unfolds, residents and advocacy groups are calling for urgent action to address the situation and prevent further endangerment of lives and property. The need for clarity on regulatory processes and enforcement mechanisms has become increasingly evident, highlighting the importance of robust governance frameworks to ensure public safety and well-being in urban environments.

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