A NEW police station is to be built to replace the Sofo Line police station which will be pulled down to pave way for the construction of the Sofo Line Interchange.
Mr J. A. Amoo-Gottfried, the Kumasi Metropolitan Road Engineer, told the Daily Graphic that plans were far advanced to start the construction of the police station at another site so that the existing structures would be demolished to enable the contractors working on the interchange project to continue work.
Currently, work on the interchange has stalled because the police station and a fuel filling station, which are due for demolition, are still in operation.
Mr Amoo-Gottfried said compensation was yet to be paid to the owner of the filling station and gave the assurance that it would be effected in due course.
The Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kwaku Ayesu Opare-Addo, had told the Daily Graphic earlier that they would demand the construction of a new police station before the demolition of the existing one.
He said it would be impossible for the police to leave the present premises at Sofo Line when there was nowhere to operate from.
Mr Opare-Addo, who assumed office less than two months ago, said he would ensure that the right thing was done in order not to disrupt the activities of the police.
The Sofo Line Interchange is part of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital – Abuakwa road construction project.
China Gio Construction Company, a Chinese firm, is undertaking the project.