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Regional News of Saturday, 4 August 2007

Source: GNA

Construction of Garu water project takes off

Garu (U/E), August 4, GNA- Construction works on a GH=A25.700,000 (5.7 billion cedis) water project for the Garu township in the Garu-Tempane district of the Upper East Region has taken off. The project, which would ensure the provision of 110,000 gallons of potable water a day is expected to be completed in April 2008. It is being constructed by China Hena Geo-Constructions Limited (C.H.G.C Ltd) a Chinese firm, with funds from the government and the World Bank, with the district assembly supporting it with 5 per cent of the total cost.

Under the project, four boreholes would be mechanized to supply water to a 200 cubic meter overhead pumping tank for onward supply to the township.

The Garu township project forms part of the Phase I of small towns water supply in the Upper East Region under the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA).

Other beneficiary towns included Bazua, Binaba, Bongo and Kusanaba. The rest are Paga, Sirigu, Sumbrugu, Tongo and Wiaga. Speaking to the press after an inspection of the sites and the signing of an agreement by the Assembly, consultants and contractors, Mr. Emmanuel Sin-nyet Asigri, District Chief Executive of Garu-Tempane, said the project was long overdue and has come at an opportune time for the people in the town.

He said the need for water has been a major concern to the district and called for the speedy execution of the project. Mr. Francis K. Brew, consultant to the project, appealed to the Assembly to acquire the lands to be used for the project and document them properly to forestall any impediments on the way of the contractors.

He called for the setting up of a community water Board to oversee to the effective running of the project when completed in order to sustain it.

Mr. Gao Yalg, Chief Executive Officer of C. H. G. C. Ltd, promised that the project would be executed on scheduled for the township to enjoy potable water.

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