Odaw dredging 70% Complete; can prevent floods – Dredge Masters
Dredging works in the Odaw River Basin are 70% complete, Dredge Masters Limited (DML) has revealed.
The company which is working on the project to prevent flooding says the current work done has the capacity to prevent incidents of flooding in the Accra metropolis.
The Operations Manager of Dredge Masters Limited (DML), Sena Kofi Adiepena, made the disclosure while addressing journalists who had paid a working visit to some of the dredging sites of the Odaw River within the Accra Metropolis to know the progress of work.
The journalists visited sites at Caprice near Avenor and Odawna, Circle where dredging operations were ongoing at a very high speed to ensure that the work is completed on schedule to avert any disaster during rainy days.
According to Mr Adiepena, works so far carried out by his outfit on the river had freed the canal to the extent that the river can contain high volumes of water and thus prevent floods.
He, however, contended that his company was faced with loads of challenges during its dredging operations.
These, he said, included large deposits of silt, plastic, and metallic waste materials as well as encroachment of the catchment areas of drains.
He attributed all these to the activities of residents who have encroached on the Odaw River.
That notwithstanding, he gave a firm assurance that his outfit was bent on ensuring that no floods were within the Accra metropolis this year.
“…With the level of dredging works we have done, I can say that there will not be flooding within the Greater Accra Region,” the operations manager of DML said.
Furthermore, Mr Adiepena said: “We are actively engaged in preventing flooding in the city of Accra whenever and wherever required, especially, during the rainy season,” he added.
DML is a leading civil and marine construction company in West Africa that has since 2016 been working relentlessly to execute various dredging campaigns of the Odaw and Korle Lagoon under the Accra Sewer Storm Waste Drainage Alleviation Project (A3SDAP).
The dredging campaigns have over the years helped to improve sanitary and drainage conditions of the Odaw and Korle-Lagoon.