The Kumasi Traditional Council has ordered demolishing of all illegal structures impeding the progress of the Kejetia Redevelopment Project.
An uncompleted storey building and other structures have been the subject of a long drawn-out litigation between the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) and a private developer who has defied repeated warning to stop work.
The Brazilian construction firm executing the Kejetia project has served notice it will pack out if the issue continues to drag.
The litigated structures are sited just a few meters from one of the entrances of the on-going Kejetia Market project, blocking access roads and drainage systems.
The Kumasi Traditional Council, comprising over 70 sub-chiefs and divisional chiefs said no compensation should be paid to the private developer, All State Construction.
Bantamehene, Baffuor Owusu Amankwatia VI, presided over Monday’s meeting which was attended by the feuding parties.
“That private developer has decided lengthy legal tactics on the KMA to prevent the Brazilians from completing the project. As a result of this, you go to Bantama, Bantama is chocked because it is the alternative location after Kejetia where people can do their trading activities. They [contractors] were even supposed to complete the project eight years ago, ” he explained.
Phase-one of the $260 million project for the construction of over 10,000 stores and as well as the building of the Kejetia Terminal had been scheduled to be completed in January this year.
There are fears the deadline may be missed due to a dispute over a parcel of land earmarked for construction of utility installations.
Owner of All State Construction, Karikari Asante, has been locked in a legal tussle over the demolition of some of his structures at the site.
The Brazilian firm, Contracta, warns the unauthorised building can open the new market up to flooding during a heavy downpour.
Baffuor Owusu Amankwaa IV in an earlier interview said the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, is unhappy about setback faced by the project.
“He is very, very worried…I can tell you that,” he revealed.