The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has held a public hearing on the proposed Takoradi Mall Limited (TML), a shopping mall, to be constructed near the Jubilee Park at West Tanokrom, Takoradi.
The EPA hearing is part of the requirements for obtaining an Environmental Permit for the proposed mall, in line with Environmental Assessment Regulations, 1999 (L1 1652) and also discuss the potential for far reaching environmental impact, as well as the mitigation measures in order to address the concerns of the public.
The TmL is proposing to develop a shopping mall complex, dubbed the “Takoradi Mall,” on a 21-acre plot located in East Tanokrom in the Central Business District of Sekondi- Takoradi, to provide a one-stop shop experience to clients.
In his address, the Managing Partner of RMB Partner, Mr. Dave Ramsden, told the gathering that the investment profile of the project was about 65 million dollars, with a turnover of about 100 million dollars each year, coming into Takoradi saying, “it will be an economic hub of the Western Region and the country.”
The project, he added, would provide about 2,000 jobs.
The project consultant, Prof. Arroja Eshun, also said the TML, which was a retail development, was a multi-purpose one, comprising a shopping centre, satellite shops like restaurants and other facilities like banks and management areas, vital for the economic development of the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis.
He said environmental impacts, including air and noise pollution, would be addressed with the provision of nose masks, earplugs and dust suppression using browsers on exposed surface to control the effects on the workers and the outlining communities around the facility.
On fire prevention, he said, the TML would provide fire hydrants, water hoses, fire extinguishers, automatic sprinklers, emergency exits and smoke extraction devices.
The Senior Engineer from Delin Consult, Samuel Boamah Danquah, said the proponents had conducted traffic survey and noted that, the surroundings of the mall and outlying areas of the Kwame Nkrumah Roundabout, were characterised by high volumes of traffic especially in the mornings, with about 6,000 vehicles at peak hour, from Takoradi to Kwesiminstim to Agona road, Takoradi- Cape Coast road and the Sekondi-Takoradi route.
As the economic activities went up by five to 10 years, he said, the traffic was expected to grow, but added that the management of the mall had been advised to take measures to reduce it, including the provision of pedestrian walkways for customers, and ensuring that delivery vans offload during off-peak hours.
“Already, there is congestion at the Kwame Nkrumah and Paa Grant Roundabout and so they need to ensure that the activities do not impact on the traffic in the catchments areas.” Mr. Danquah said.
From Clement Adzei Boye, Takoradi