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The inhabitants of Penkwase, New Dormaa, Kotokrom, Yawhima and its environs have expressed dissatisfaction at the slow pace of work on the Sunyani-Chiraa road in the Brong Ahafo Region. According to them, the delay in completing the rehabilitation work on the 4.1 kilometer stretch is having a negative effect on their lives especially in the area of health and their businesses, which are on the verge of collapsing. They are therefore appealing to the authorities to speed up the project for their lives to return to normalcy.  The Sunyani-Chiraa road is part of the major road that links the regional capital to Techiman and other towns and villages in the northern part of the region. In the Sunyani Municipality it spans Penkwase and New Dormaa, through Kotokrom and Kobedi to Chiraa in Sunyani West District. Commuters who ply this route are mostly, traders, travelers, workers, commercial drivers and students. As the population of motorists and commuters continue to rise, the plan is to expand it into a dual courage to allow free flow of movements of passengers, goods and services hence the rehabilitation of the road. In 2012, Trade Vision Limited was awarded a two year contract funded under the Consolidated Fund. The slow nature of work has however led to many complains by Commuters and residents within the catchment area.  They mention the discomfort of excessive dust and its health implications through air pollution, the mud when it rains and the decline in the patronage of the goods and services for businesses along the road due to adverse conditions.  During a visit to the construction site, we caught up with one of the site engineers who under the condition of anonymity attributed the slow pace of work partly to lack of funds. From there, we made a stop at the Regional office of Supervisors of the rehabilitation project, the Department of Urban Roads in Sunyani. The Acting Regional Director, Busapeh Charlse said looking at the progress of work done so far, the contractor is within schedule and was optimistic that come 5th September, when the contract ends, Trade Vision will hand over a completed project to his outfit. Explaining further, Mr. Busapeh said his team has served Trade Vision Limited with a letter reminding the team of a penalty payment that might be leveled against them in case they are not able to meet the deadline as per the schedule of the contract. From the look of things, the residents of Penkwase, New Dormaa and Kotokrom may have to endure the discomfort brought on them by the rehabilitation work on the Suynai-Chiraa road until 5th September this year.
Source: Biiya Mukusah Ali/http://newspaper.developghana.com/  
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