The Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCO) yesterday commenced demolition exercise on the company’s Right of Way (RoW) in parts of Accra.
The GRIDCo’s demolishing exercise affected communities and areas behind the Fiesta Royale Hotel as well as Ayigbe Town, Bawaleshie, Adjringano and American House.
The Corporate Communications Manager of GRIDCo, Ing. Bernard Kwabena Gyan, in a statement explained that the exercise is to rid GRIDCo’s Right of Way of encroachers, whose activities pose a threat to its transmission towers and a danger to the lives of encroachers.
Ing. Gyan said GRIDCo in October 2021, in partnership with identified District Assemblies and the media, undertook a nationwide Right of Way sensitisation exercise to educate encroachers on the risk associated with their activities along the company’s Right of Way.
According to him, under the Transmission Line Protection Regulations, 1967 (LI 542) as amended by Regulation No. LI 1737 of 2004, it is an offence for persons or institutions to conduct any form of activity in relation to the lands around the location of power transmission lines and towers in Ghana.
The activities, he said, were drilling, excavation works, citing of lorry parks, shops, garages, bars, among others, within the RoW reservations, saying such areas are strictly prohibited.
Ing. Gyan further indicated that those activities pose danger to human life and property as transmission line faults can result in human casualties and damage to property. He reiterated the commitment of GRIDCo to continue to collaborate with all relevant state institutions to remove property and structures identified as ‘illegal human activities’ to safeguard public safety and ensure the reliability of power transmission.
GRIDCo, he said, was incorporated in December 2006 to carry out the economic dispatching and transmission of electricity from facilities of wholesale suppliers (Independent Power Producers) to bulk customers and distribution utilities in Ghana and West Africa.