Residents of Nii Boi Junction at Pokuase, have expressed concern about the operations of washing bays by the roadside.
According to them, the activities of these washing bays had led to the deplorable state of the feeder roads in the area.
In an interview with The Ghanaian Times, Mr. Kwabene Doudu, a shop owner, said some of the roads constructed did not even last for three years and deteriorated due to the washing of cars by the road.
“I have lived in this area for more than two decades and I can testify that our roads get bad in no time because they wash the cars on the road,” he stated.
The Ghanaian Times observed that some of the roads have developed potholes which made it dangerous to ply on.
Mr. Akosua Koramah, a teacher, said one of the commercial vehicles in which she once sat bumped into a pothole which veered off the road.
“Although we did not get involved in an accident, it was really scary,” she said.
Some of the residents also complained that taxi drivers drove at a slow pace to prevent their cars from breaking down.
This, according to them, affected businesses as activities of some traders were slowed.
Madam Tsotso Korley, a fish monger, said she mostly could not get the best of the fresh fish sold at the beach because she often got there late.
Efforts to interview the operators of these washing bays proved futile as they refused to grant us an audience.
Mr. Nii Lamptey, a contractor and civil engineering consultant of Modern Construction Consults told The Ghanaian Times that the water which was left on the road after washing of vehicles weakened the roads.
“Stagnant water and chemicals in the soap and detergents could affect the durability of the roads,” he noted.
He therefore called on appropriate stakeholders to go out for inspection and close down these bays and possibly prosecute them to serve as a deterrent to others.
“The Government spends huge sums of money to construct these roads only for these unscrupulous people to damage our roads with their businesses,” Mr. Lamptey expressed angrily.
By Luther King Owusu-Amoah