The Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Railway Company Limited (GRCL), Mr. Yaw Owusu, has disclosed that the Ministry of Railway and GRCL will not compensate anybody who has raised a property around any railway line in the country.
He made this revelation when he accompanied the Minister of Railway Development, Hon. Joe Gharty in a comprehensive audit of all encoaches in Havana and Kakaunanka rail sector to identify and refurbish malfunctioning ones.
According to him, there would be no compensation because the land belongs to Ghana Railway Company Limited.
He added that the construction of the Railway line from Tema to Mpakadan must be a demolition exercise where up to 40 buildings will be affected.
Mr. Yaw Owusu, also said that due diligence was being followed to ensure value for money in the refurbishment of the coaches and the entire rail infrastructure system.
For his part, the Minister of Railway Development, Hon. Joe Gharty mentioned that the focus of the government was to build local expertise to help develop and sustain the rail industry in the country.
Mr. Joe Ghartey, made this known when he paid a working visit to Tema to inspect of work on the Tema-Accra railway project on Tuesday, May 15th, 2019.
He was accompanied by Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Railway Company Limited, Mr. Yaw Owusu, Afcons fabrications Limited, MCE of Kpone Katamanso, members of Ministry of Railway and Ghana Railway Company Limited.
Mr. Ghartey, cautioned persons stealing properties of the GRCL and those who had encroached on the rail lines to desist from such unscrupulous acts and also vacate from the area.
“While we are doing everything possible to preserve and improve on the rail sector, some people are stealing parts of the coaches and other materials. I want to send a friendly warning to such people that we will come after them wherever they are,” he stated.
Mr. Ghartey, further announced that the Ministry of Railway Development and the GRCL would begin an exercise to clear all traders and other encroachers close to rail lines to pave the way for a smooth of rail services, especially along the Tema- Accra tracks.
“For now, we are using local artisans to refurbish malfunctioning coaches to serve the people. In the long run, we want coaches here in Ghana so that we can have a robust rail sector that will contribute to the sustainable development of the country,” he added.
‘‘If we want to have longer lasting roads in this country, the way to go is to focus on the development of a robust rail sector to cart our goods and people to accelerate Ghana’s development,” he stated.
By Kwabena Darkwa / Sokynewsgh.com / Ghana