The Akuapem South District Assembly in the Eastern Region, says it stopped issuing building permits to developers for construction projects on the Aburi Mountian since 2017.
In less than a week, two separate rockfall incidents have been recorded on the Ayi Mensah – Aburi road, forcing a temporary closure of the road at some point.
Structural engineers have blamed those constructing buildings on the peak of the mountain for the rockfall incidents.
But, speaking at the Akuapem South District Assembly’s Meet the Press Series in Aburi on Wednesday, the Planning Officer for the assembly, James Abugre, said although they are enforcing the laws, some unscrupulous persons are violating same.
“In controlling development as a local authority, since 2017, the assembly has stopped issuing permits to any prospective developer along that stretch. That was the first step we took. There were buildings already existing on that stretch. So some of them have permits. But, when we came in and realized the threats, the assembly has since 2017 not given permits to anybody to develop on that stretch. Just at our last planning meeting, we resolved that we will declare that stretch a green zone area where no artificial development will go on.”
Building projects on Aburi mountain to blame for rockfall – Highway Authority
The Ghana Highway Authority has blamed activities of real estate developers on the Aburi mountain for the recent rockfall experienced on the Accra-Aburi road.
The Authority also chided the local assemblies for giving permits for such developments to take place on top of the hill.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana Highway Authority Diana Siade was unhappy with the projects on top of the mountain.
“What was found after the feasibility surveys were that the sedimentary rocks are eating away. Moreover, if you go to the top right now you’ll be amazed at how people have built houses there. That is not the doing of the Ghana Highway [Authority], but the assemblies giving the permit for this. The assemblies have engineered it so we don’t know what is going on,” she said.
Meanwhile, an engineer, Mahama Abdulai, has warned of more rock falls on the Accra-Aburi road in the Eastern Region, should the Akuapem South Assembly continue to allow construction activities on the slope or the peak of the Aburi Mountain.
He said such developments on the hill weaken the mountain’s rock formation and allow water to penetrate cracks, causing the particles to fall.