The temporary bamboo-made railing near the recently beautified river front at Bicholim has raised many an eyebrow in the area as the locals fear that the site being unsafe could result in a tragedy anytime in the near future.
The residents have expressed concern over the grave threat posed by the temporary structure at the site and claimed that the authorities despite spending a whopping amount, have failed to construct a strong and permanent railing, which was a necessity.
It may be recalled that the foundation stone for the beautification of the “Setu Sangam” between two bridges in Bicholim was laid on July 24, 2016 the work of which was carried out by the WRD. The river front was inaugurated some months before the elections.
“It is surprising that the authorities have just placed a temporary bamboo-made structure as railing connecting the bridge and the river front beautification site. If they had spent so much on this project they could have built a small wall as a railing near the bridge,” Vinayak Chari, a resident said.
“There are many people who visit this place, especially in the evenings and there are also children who play at this site and the bamboo railing near the bridge poses as a grave threat,” Chari added.
“This is a good project but the bamboo railing is taking away its charm. The authorities have done everything to beautify the project but they have left this small area untouched which could cause accidents,” Sushant Desai, another local said.
When contacted, BMC Dy Chairman, Ajit Birje admitted that the area is dangerous. "The property belongs to Water Resources Department and the authorities should have constructed a wall and if they failed to do so, the BMC may take up the work," Birje added.