The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) in the Ashanti region has commenced a decongestion exercise at its Central Business District (CBD) to move unauthorised traders.
The first phase of the decongestion exercise took place on Tuesday, 15 February 2022, at Dr Mensah.
Traders plying their business at Dr Mensah had taken over the main road and pavements.
The traders were earlier evacuated from the Kumasi Central Market to Race Course market to pave way for the former’s redevelopment.
The traders declined to move and relocated to unauthorised places to ply their business.
The Public Relations Officer for the KMA, Afia Konadu told Class FM’s Ashanti regional correspondent Elisha Adarkwah that the assembly will remain resolute in its decision to evacuate the traders due to the redevelopment exercise.
“We realise that Dr Mensah is becoming congested. The road also has two vehicles plying at a time and then the traders, when they were moved to Race Course, some remained and we’ve had engagements with them. We asked them to move voluntarily by themselves and we gave them up to Tuesday to leave.
“So today, we only went there, to see if they had heeded to the agreement of the discussions we had.”
She noted that the evacuation of the traders had become necessary to enable the contractor to move his equipment to the site which is undergoing reconstruction.
“Their presence there is obstructing their activities,” the KMA Public Relations Officer noted.