First phase of Tema’s housing project to be ready in 18 months

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Construction of the eight-storey in-filling flats in Tema, Ghana has started. The project, which is being undertaken by Tema Development Corporation (TDC), aims at providing 128 units of apartments consisting of two and three bedrooms apartments in Tema.

The housing construction project will be executed in two phases, and the first phase will comprise setting up of four blocks- apartments and two commercial blocks, and inclusive is a community meeting hall and a library. The first phase of this construction project, which will cost US5.4m, is also expected to be completed within 18months.

According to Mr Joe Abbey, Managing Director of TDC, other utility services will be expanded to accommodate the anticipated increase in population adding that there will be dedicated electricity transformer for the area and water pumps to ensure that water reaches the eighth floor.

He said the corporation would seek to renew the Metropolis through the in-filling project.

Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing said there was need for aggressive redevelopment to curb housing deficit resulting from increasing population.

He also said stated that TDC in-filling construction project was in line with the Housing policy to promote housing schemes that would help maximize land use and increase rate of home improvement by upgrading and transforming the existing houses. He called for construction of more high-rise buildings, as an attempt to utilize more land.

Alhaji Dauda urged TDC to establish a strong facilities’ management office and jumpstart compliance arrangements to ensure that there was longevity of house blocks, since Ghanians have no maintenance culture.