Dredging of Odaw progresses steadily

In anticipation of heavy downpour this rainy season, leaders in dredging and maintenance of major drainage channels in Ghana, Dredge Masters Limited, have launched operations toward the desilting of Odaw river and other major drainage systems in the capital city, Accra.

During a press tour to the Odaw River on Monday at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra, excavators and other machinery were seen at site, working to ensure that the perennial flooding of the Odaw is curtailed in the rainy season.

Addressing the media shortly after the tour, Mr Sena Adiepena, Operations Manager of Dredge Masters Limited, indicated that the activity which is a preemptive approach to avert perennial flooding at the central business hub and other places in Accra should not be a one-time activity.

“To ensure that devastating floods do not reoccur in this area and other places across the city, the selected areas under the scope of operation should be dredge quarterly to allow rivers to follow its natural course to avoid the drains from overflowing its banks,” he explained.

On his part, Captain Ansar Ahmed Khan, Managing Director of the Dredge Masters, added that though dredging is a natural process that has to be done periodically, the choking of drains are exacerbated by indiscriminate dumping of refuse in these canals.

“The major challenge we encounter is not with the dredging channels to rid it of debris from sediments from the water bed but the introduction of external materials like plastic waste and empty cans into the water bodies. These chock the channels leading to flooding”.

He assured that after the dredging, the occurrence of flooding in the area will drastically reduce unless the city experiences some sort of abnormal rainfall pattern over a long period.

The scope of operation is expected to cover areas such as Odaw Onyasia confluence at Caprice, Avenor, Kwame Nkrumah circle, Agbogbloshie, South Kaneshie drain and the Upper and lower lagoon.

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