There’s no cause for Alarm, West Hills Mall


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There’s no cause for alarm, that’s the position
of owners of the West Hills mall near Weija
following reports of mild cracks in the
concrete flyovers near the mall.
There were social media reports over the
weekend of possible crevices in pillars
supporting the ultra-modern overpass.
But Delico Ghana Limited, owners of the mall,
say their engineers have confirmed the bridge
has passed the most rigorous safety test.
They announced this when Roads and
Highways Minister Inusah Fuseini toured the
facility on Monday January 6.
During a tour of the facility by Joy News,
contractors and engineers were seen moving
up and down as they raced to finish work on
the flyovers. About twenty strong pillars
support each of the two flyovers built over an
underpass leading to and from the mall.
Joy News discovered that black lines along
pillars in photographs posted to social media
were actually carbon deposits or smoke lines.
Each of the pillars has a vertical black smoke
along it, created when engineers broke open
the cylindrical metal casing used to cast the
concrete.
“As you see these lines which look like cracks,
those have been generated because we built
the pillars with metal sleeves and to take
them off to get the aesthetic beauty, we wash
them off with gas. So the black lines are just
carbon deposits,” Yaw Osafo Marfo Jnr, a
manager with the construction company
working on the project, indicated.
This explanation follows a weekend of social
media hype of concerns of possible cracks in
the pillars, prompting a visit by Roads and
Highways Minister Alhaji Inusah Fuseini.
“My duty as a minister is to ensure that when
I receive public complaints I follow up to
ensure that the proper thing is done. I can tell
you that I’m totally satisfied that what the
engineer has explained is actually an
engineer’s devil,” Alhaji Fuseini said. The
bridges were constructed with a new
technology that enabled engineers to create
an underpass beneath an existing road.
The West Hills mall inaugurated in October
last year, is now the biggest shopping and
perhaps recreational centre in the country.
The facility is jointly owned by Delico Property
Development Limited with 60% shares and
Ghana’s Social Security and National
Insurance Trust (SSNIT) with 40% shares.
The West Hills mall includes two supermarket
anchor stores, 65 line shops, restaurants, 5-
screen cinema complex, and a mix of local
and international tenants.
Some of the anchor shops who are tenants of
this Mall include Mr. Price, Woolworths,
Stanbic Bank, Bata and Pierre Cardin. Hordes
of people from across the capital visit the
facility especially on holidays.
Owners of the West Hills Mall, Delico said they
have confidence in the contractors working on
the project and that there’s no cause for
alarm.
For now work on the flyover is set to be
completed by the end of this year while the
mall, one of the biggest in West Africa is open
to business.

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