The chief executive of the assembly, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, who led the exercise with the support of the police, said the demolition was to pave the way for the railway development project.
He said the Ministry of Railways had written a letter to AMA notifying them of plans to redevelop the area, hence the exercise.
“It is very informative to note that the Ministry of Railway has written to us to decongest that particular area because of the President's vision to revamp the railway sector,” he said.
The structures, mainly built with wood, he said, were occupied by slum dwellers and had been a hub for criminals and other social vices.
He said the Ministry of Railway had assured that the area would be fenced to make way for the project, adding that the assembly would intensify security presence in the area to ensure that the squatters do not go back.
Mr Adjei Sowah observed that the essence of the ongoing decongestion exercise was to increase mobility and rid the city of filth.
According to him, the exercise was intended to enforce the assembly’s bye-laws and create a new order that would instil discipline in the city.
He said the assembly was poised to "make the exercise an order of his administration", and warned all shop owners who extend their trade to the walkways and dump refuse on the streets to stop or risk having their shops locked.
The mayor called on the general public to support the exercise to ensure its success, and urged all to comply with the assembly's news rules.