Work on the $35 million Cape Coast Water Project has stalled.
This is due to custodians of a sacred groove near Sekyere Heman where the transmission lines are to be laid to the Brimsu Water Treatment site are challenging a GH¢15,000 compensation before they will allow the project to continue.
The Dutch/Ghanaian funded project pursues to alleviate the perennial water shortage in and around Cape Coast and Elmina.
No single pipeline has been laid for 3 weeks, raising fears of a delay in the execution of the project.
Mr Aquinas Tawiah Quansah, The Central Regional Minister, revealed this at the Central Regional Co-ordinating Council meeting in Cape Coast on Wednesday to discuss critical socio-economic issues that are affecting the development of the region and its people.
Mr Aquinas Tawiah said the project comprised the construction of pump stations, pipelines and reservoirs to fortify the distribution network.
The Central Regional Minister added that the custodians refused the GH¢5000 offered by the Central Regional Co-ordinating Council as compensation.
He indicated that we are still negotiating, but this is delaying the project.
President Mahama cut the sod for the project in January 2015 and is anticipated to be completed in December 2016.
Mr Quansah said that there should be effective collaboration between traditional authorities and the government to facilitate development activities in the area.
He said that, I want the chiefs to understand that development is for all of us and that the gods will even be satisfied that they can get clean water.
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