JOSH or Not? Bird’s eye views from the new Mandovi bridge
Goa looks magnificent from up there. Will the third Mandovi bridge be the signpost of Goa’s infrastructural grandeur. The jury will be out. For now, as Goans prepare to cross the bridge, Café picks up the first early impressions, of arguably the biggest signature project in recent times
“How is the Josh?!” asked Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to the crowd at the inauguration of the third Mandovi bridge on Sunday. Team Café went to areas around the bridge and spoke to people in markets, malls who will regularly use this bridge to literally fly over the Mandovi
The bridge is going to be a blessing for many people travelling far away. The four wheelers will begin taking the route on the new bridge, and it will be a benefit for the old bridge keeping it clear for the other vehicles to pass. Previously there was congestion on the road during the construction period. Yes, they should have had alternative option to travel while building the bridge, as many accidents and mishaps have occurred in the past. I know a lot of people who been delayed for their work, lost business and had misfortunes.
Of course we cannot expect less traffic, but with another bridge it would satisfactorily reduce it. I’m thankful it’s finally here.
Earlier there was a lot of traffic around the area, especially during the construction. I hope that the new bridge will bring positive outcomes and less traffic. I wanted to walk on the bridge, but didn’t have a chance. I guess I might have to directly go on a drive on the route. I think this time the government has sensibly planned out things and the bridge will benefit all the people travelling from Panjim-Porvorim- Mapusa and other connected places. I hope it is safe enough though; as people have put their faith in the government. The people themselves should be careful wile on the bridge and it has to be made clear to everyone that the bridge is only meant for four wheelers and heavy vehicles.
ANA LIZA RODRIGUEZ
I expect the new bridge to hold less traffic; the horrible traffic jams where we had to squeeze ourselves through, hopefully will be over. As it is roads in Goa are quite narrow, but with the new bridge it might be an easy job for us to travel. I also feel that not only the government, even the people should maintain the roads, we have just got a new bridge, don’t misuse it. Drive safely and take a good advantage of the bridge but not in a negative way.
I already have a good feeling about his bridge. Few of my friends had a walk on it, and the atmosphere according to them was extremely pleasing. You get a 3D vision of the view from high above.
“What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal”
- Friedrich Nietzsche
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