Thursday, March 23, 2017

For Shiroda panchayat, traffic congestion, a cause for concern

Residents have suggested several solutions such as construction of a bypass road, shifting the vendors by setting up a new market complex and putting to use the existing bus stand, which has been lying idle since its inauguration

20 Mar, 2017, 07:55PM IST

A-   A+

The Shiroda panchayat seems to be politically stable, as it has witnessed a lone Sarpanch getting elected since 2012 election. 
However, a few months ago, Sarpanch Sandesh Prabudesai resigned from the post due to a “political” move but soon after was re-elected as sarpanch after recontesting the election to the post. 
Shiroda mostly depends on government grants and with two industrial estates proposed at Shiroda and Panchwadi, the panchayat expects to increase its revenue in the near future.
Shiroda panchayat is faced with major problem of traffic congestion especially near the bazaar, a traditionally a small market having shops and panchayat office. 
Buses have added to the traffic congestion in the area, as they stop here for boarding passengers. The narrow bazaar road creates a lot of hardship for commuters, which results in traffic congestion.
The residents have suggested several solutions to the problem such as construction of a bypass road, shifting the vendors by constructing a new market complex and to put to use the existing bus stand, which has been lying unused since its inauguration. 
When contacted, Shiroda Sarpanch Sandesh Prabudesai said, “Buses plying to Shiroda take on board passengers from the Shiroda Bazaar, which leads to traffic congestion. We face lots of problems, especially, at the Tuesday market. We have recently started using open spaces at the Kadamba bus stand and have constructed sheds as a temporary market place at the Tuesday Market. Vendors now sit in these sheds and conduct business.” 
“To solve traffic congestion at the bazaar, we need a bypass road and it should be connected to the Kadamba bus stand. The KTC bus stand, which was constructed in 2006, was inaugurated in 2008. The same has been lying idle as bus owners are reluctant to use it. They station their buses at the bus stand for a short period at Shiroda Bazaar where passengers prefer to board the buses,” he added.
“We have acquired land near Kadamba bus stand for a market complex. If this proposal is approved then it will ease the traffic congestion and people and bus owners will be forced to use the bus stand. Further, thousands of devotees visit the Kamaxi temple at Shiroda during the Amavasya festival and if road connecting the KTC bus stand leading to the temple is built then it will help in reducing the traffic along the main road on that particular day,” he added.
He further informed that the Shiroda panchayat recently renovated the fish market shed. 
“We have also provided Rajiv Awas Yojana and Indira Awas Yojana to the people. Around 500 people from ST community have availed the benefit of Atal Ashraya Yojana. The Shiroda Hospital Project has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 8 crore. The Mysal water treatment plant work is near completion and after its commissioning Shiroda will not face water shortage. At present locals are facing water shortage at Tolpan, Sankre and Makadsai.
Some politicians have been promising to construct a bridge despite having the ferry service along the Rachol-Shiroda route. The bridge, if constructed, will reduce the distance from Shiroda to Margao by 10 kms but at the same time it will pose a threat to the historical monument, the Patriarchal Seminary, which is a protected site.
However, the Rachol and Raia locals have raised their strong objections to the bridge as they fear that the same will pose a threat to their houses, the Seminary, agriculture and fish farming activities.