Written by Tunde Alao
THE city carved out of the Atlantic ocean has started to take shape, as the first residential and commercial tower blocks under construction can now be clearly seen in the light of day from Ahmadu Bello Way on Victoria Island and the Marina on Lagos Island. Recently, another brave move was made by developers, with the launch of a new facility, known as LED Light, which the promoters described as the best technology in modern day streetlight. The lighting system is installed in one of the street in the Atlantic City, where road construction has reach an appreciable stage called Eko Boulevard.
Conducting Journalists around the first phase of the infrastructure last week, the Managing director of South Energyx Nigeria Limited, the developer of the new city, Mr. David Frame said the facility is to herald a new dawn in Eko Atlantic, thus, bring into light, huge construction work going on and that are not visible to those who have never visited the site. “But now there is something new to see at nighttime after a section of new road in the emerging city was illuminated by streetlights. Eko Atlantic’s road system is rolling out more and more each day but it is the first time any of the internal city routes have been lit”, said Frame.
First street lights in Eko Atlantic (LED Light)
According to Frame, the first row of lights along Eko Boulevard, a paved eight-lane thoroughfare that is over a mile long and is the spine of the Business District, will be extended in the New Year as the developers forge ahead with infrastructure development. “Presently, concrete block paved roads, spacious sidewalks and kerbs are being built in the first and second phases of developing the Eko Atlantic city. The project development area is now so large and progressing so quickly that it won’t be long before we need internal road signs to drive around,” said Frame.
To date 10 per cent of Eko Atlantic’s roads in Phase I and II are paved while 32 per cent have stone-base in place providing access to motor vehicles, while about 25 per cent of the roads are defined with kerb lines. Besides, 56 per cent of storm water drainage has been installed along with 34 per cent of what he described as “state-of-the-art communications”, while 50 per cent of the sewage distribution network and 36 per cent of the water supply network are already completed.
“We are very satisfied that the street lighting has come on as this represents another important step in the successful development of Eko Atlantic,’ said Frame, who hinted that every infrastructure, facilities and amenities in the city are being followed to the letter. “All what our consultant, Messrs Dar Handasah consulting engineering put in place is to ensure that the city will meet all the mission and vision of the new city.
”For those still in the dark about what Eko Atlantic City is about, the planned city is being constructed on land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean along the Lagos Bar Beach. It is expected that when completed, the new island will be home to about 400,000 residents, with a daily flow of 250,000 commuters. Adjacent to Victoria Island, Eko Atlantic is being touted by its proponents – South Energyx Nigeria Ltd, a subsidiary of the Chagoury group specifically created to undertake the development as the next generation of property in Africa, which will in turn transform Lagos into the economic hub of the mother continent.