It is impossible to construct any sky train in Ghana – Amewu

The minister for railway development, John Peter Amewu, has said that the promise by government to construct a sky train is a fiasco because it will be impossible for government to do that.

The minister noted that the promise by government in 2019 can never be realized since it requires huge sums of money.

He added that the sky train that the government wants to construct is going to run on columns in the sky like the ones in Dubai yet no agreement has been signed as there are no funds.

“It is not possible to be done now. I don’t see any sky train being done in the next 3-4 years. There is not going to be any Sky train in the country. It is not possible,” he said.

Funding for the already started projects according to the minister has become a problem due to lack of funds so he does not know exactly where the government will get the funds to construct the proposed sky train.

But, in November 2019, it was reported that a concession deal to build a US$2.6 billion Sky Train system in Accra, Ghana, has been reached.

The report indicated that the signing of the concession agreement meant studies to find out how feasible the project would be, spanning a period of nine months to determine the bankability of when the project would begin.

Subsequently, the management of the Ghana Railway Development Authority disclosed that feasibility studies on the proposed sky-train project in Accra had been completed.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Authority, Richard Diedong Dombo assured that government will begin implementation of the project after scrutinizing the report it has received.

“The sky trains are on an elevator platform rather than underground. They will be running on platforms over the city of Accra. It will be a community train and not an intercity one. At the moment, the feasibility studies have been completed and it is being studied before the contract is signed,” he said.