Herald: Mapusa-Calangute road widening work gives commuters respite

Mapusa-Calangute road widening work gives commuters respite

29 Feb 2016 07:15am IST

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29 Feb 2016 07:15am IST

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Several fatal accidents, heavy traffic jams occurred on the narrow road; PWD undertaking the widening project at a cost of Rs 8 crore; Road widened from 8 mts to 15 mts with a divider; First phase from Parra junction to Verla-Canca junction already completed

The widening of the Mapusa-Calangute road has given commuters some respite. The 8-km stretch has witnessed several fatal accidents and heavy traffic jams.

Sources say that the Mapusa traffic cell had repeatedly asked the PWD to widen the roads to reduce accidents, but no action was taken.

When contacted, PWD officials, on condition of anonymity, said that the work involved the three constituencies of Calangute, Siolim and Mapusa, and hence, could not be taken up earlier due to differences between political parties.

The road, which was just eight meters wide earlier, has now been widened to 15 meters with a divider in the middle. The entire widening project costs Rs 8 crore.

The first phase of the work undertaken by the PWD has been completed from the Parra junction to the Verla-Canca junction, and the residents are already feeling the difference.

The second phase of the work from Verla junction to Mapusa has already started and will be completed in a few months. The third phase, from Parra junction to Calangute Tinto, has also started at some places as there is an issue with the land acquisition. However, officials say the issue will be sorted soon.

Locals said that the widening was a must as the narrower road had claimed many lives. 

“During the peak season and also at peak hours daily, this road witnessed huge traffic jams. The widening was one of the main demands of the people,” said Wilbur Fernandes, a Parra resident.

Verla-Canca local Sagar Naik said that the narrow road had made commuting difficult, but with the first phase of the widening completed, travelling was easier.

The widening work has been initiated by Calangute MLA Michael Lobo and supported by Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza and WRD Minister Dayanand Mandrekar.

“We have taken up this work on priority as the residents complained of frequent traffic jams since it was the only road for tourists to reach Calangute, Baga and Candolim from Mapusa,” said D’Souza, adding that the remaining phases would be completed soon. 

Meanwhile, Lobo, who engineered this project, said that the completion of this road would save many lives. He stated, “There were several fatal accidents on the road due to head on collisions. We will now make it one-way with dividers.”

When asked how they managed to convince people to part with their land, he said, “We had convinced the people as this had become a necessity and they have agreed. Only few had issues, but we have sorted them out.”

He said that those who had lost their land would be compensated suitably and added, “The people will also benefit under the Town Planning scheme as they (land losers) would get their remaining land converted to settlement with an increased FAR of 250.”

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