VRA warns against encroachment of Protected zone of Akosombo Dam VRA warns against encroachment of Protected zone of Akosombo Dam
The Volta River Authority has once again Warned against Sale/Purchase and Encroachment of Lands within the Volta Gorge Protection Zone of the Akosombo Dam. This... VRA warns against encroachment of Protected zone of Akosombo Dam

The Volta River Authority has once again Warned against Sale/Purchase and Encroachment of Lands within the Volta Gorge Protection Zone of the Akosombo Dam.

This is the second time this year, the Power generator is warning against the phenomenon.

There has been upsurge in encroachment of Lands which fall within the buffer zone of the Dam by developers mostly in the  hospitality industry.

The 5,149.29 hectares protection Zone spans through the West Bank of the Akosombo dam by the Adjena, Anyaase, Dasaase, Pese, Gyakiti, Sawa townships, on the East Bank by Mpakadan and Dodi in the Akwamu, Anum and Boso Traditional Areas in the Asuogyaman District in the Eastern Region of the Republic of Ghana, on the North East by the Dodi Stool Land on the North West by the Pese Stool land on the South East by the Akosombo Dam and the South West by the Adjena Stool land.

According to the VRA “In furtherance to this, the entire Volta Gorge measuring approximately 5,149.29 hectares has been designated as a protection zone hence no development can be carried out in this area without express permission from the Authority.”

The Authority therefore cautioned all prospective land purchasers to desist from purchasing lands within the Gorge Area as no development would be permitted. Any person who commences development activity would be prosecuted and the project demolished.

The  Volta River Development Act (1961) Act 46, mandates the VRA to plan, execute, manage and ensure the protection of the lake side area of the Akosombo Dam.

The VRA recently developed  a framework for Aquaculture Development on the Volta Lake  aim at regulating fish farming activities on the Volta to help protect the Volta lake .

The approved policy Document enjoins a aquaculture operators existing prior to April 2017 are required to enter into a “Water Lease” by October 2017.

Source:enaghana.com