Authorities in the Ashanti Region have begun the process to completely demolish a three-storey building at Subin, near the Asafo Interchange, that is a threat to life.
The building, which is sitting partly on the drainage for the Subin River, sunk on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, with the whole structure tilting to one side.
The Kumasi Mayor, Osei Assibey Antwi, revealed that the Kumasi Metropolitan Authority (KMA) has hired the services of a Brazilian construction firm, Contracta Construction, to pull down the structure.
Meanwhile, the Central Market to Asafo Interchange road stretch has been blocked due to the exercise, and Mr Assibey has advised drivers and the general public to use alternative roads as “we are all waiting for the heavy duty equipment that is being provided by Contracta to come and do the demolishing”.
He said some structures that are very near to the sinking building will be affected “but we would need engineers’ report before it will also go, because I can’t just stand here and tell you, I’m bringing all of them down. First of all the engineers would have to come and conduct structural integrity test and based on the report, then the Assembly will take a decision”.
In a related development, Mr Assibey has said that all illegal buildings posing danger to human lives in the metropolis will be demolished in the coming days.
“Any property that is found to be unauthorised will go, and any property that is posing threat will also go.
“The awareness has already been created, because getting to about four months, we have been moving round with you. We have been telling the public. We have been advising them. We have even demolished some of the properties, especially those at Nhyiaeso and Krofrom,” he indicated.