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Unmasking the Environmental Consequences: Sand Winning’s Impact on Kasoa and Surrounding Areas

Nana kweku ofori atta
Security consultant

In the bustling urban sprawl of Kasoa and its environs, a silent battle rages beneath the surface, hidden from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Here, amidst the towering structures of West Hills Mall and the vibrant community of SCC (Sakaman-Carprice-Cape Coast Road), the practice of sand winning exacts a heavy toll on both the environment and the residents who call this place home.

Sand, the backbone of construction and development, lies at the heart of this conflict. Its extraction, though necessary for progress, comes at a steep price. The landscape, once pristine and untouched, now bears the scars of relentless exploitation. Weija, once a tranquil oasis, now finds itself at the mercy of unchecked sand winning, as sediment chokes its waterways and disrupts its delicate ecosystem.

The consequences of this environmental degradation are far-reaching, extending beyond the boundaries of Weija and into the heart of Kasoa and SCC. Here, the effects of sand winning manifest in the form of increased flooding during rainy seasons, as water struggles to find its natural course amidst the sediment-laden channels.

The West Hills Mall, a beacon of modernity in the midst of urban chaos, stands as a testament to human progress. Yet, its very foundations are threatened by the specter of recurrent flooding, a consequence of the unchecked extraction of sand from nearby waterways. As water levels rise, so too does the risk to both infrastructure and livelihoods, as businesses and homes alike find themselves submerged beneath the rising tide.

SCC, a vibrant community teeming with life and activity, bears witness to the human cost of environmental degradation. Here, residents face the dual threats of displacement and economic hardship as their homes and livelihoods are swept away by the relentless march of floodwaters. The very fabric of community life hangs in the balance, as families grapple with the uncertainty of an uncertain future.

To address these pressing issues, regulatory measures must be implemented to manage sand winning activities responsibly. This includes enforcing permits, monitoring extraction sites, and implementing sustainable extraction practices that minimize environmental impact. Collaboration with local authorities, such as the Ga South Municipal Assembly, is essential in enforcing these regulations effectively.

Yet, amidst the challenges, there lies a glimmer of hope. Through concerted efforts and sustainable practices, we can chart a new course towards a more resilient future. Kasoa, SCC, and the surrounding areas stand at a crossroads, poised to choose between destruction and preservation. It is up to us to heed the call of nature and forge a path towards a brighter, more sustainable tomorrow.

As the sands of time continue to shift, let us not forget the hidden costs that lie beneath. For in our quest for progress, we must never lose sight of the fragile ecosystems and communities that bear the burden of our actions. Only then can we truly pave the way towards a brighter, more sustainable future for all.


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