- JUST LOOK AT THE STATE of OUR ROAD GIVEN BACK TO US
JUST LOOK AT THE STATE of OUR ROAD GIVEN BACK TO US
04 Oct 2016 05:54am IST
04 Oct 2016 05:54am IST
First the Miramar-Dona Paula road was taken away from us, in the name of improvement and beautification. Two and half years later they throw it open in a state of mess. When will this nightmare end?
If the road to betrayal ever needed a visual explanation, the Miramar-Dona Paula road, as it exists today, is perhaps its best example. For two and a half years, agencies of the government have been giving us deadlines after deadlines to completely dig and destroy the road in the name of strengthening the road and beautifying it. And when the road is “thrown open”, three and a half years after deadline, a mess is given to us with 28% of the work incomplete.
M V Rao Infra Projects pvt. Ltd, the contractor for the Miramar Dona Paula concretisation of road, has missed almost a dozen deadlines to complete the work. The Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) had awarded the entire work for Rs 72.59 crore to M V Rao with the contractor commencing the work in February 2014. The GSIDC had initially given the contractor a deadline of 18 months to complete the project, which means the road should have been complete by August 2015. More than a year has passed after the official deadline ended. Although the road has been unofficially thrown open to public for the past two months, 28% of the work on the project is yet to be completed according to the authorities. Officially, according to the GSIDC, the contractor has missed four deadlines, but besides that almost a dozen deadlines have already been missed.
MISSED DEADLINES: The last deadline missed is of July 31, 2016. The GSIDC officials had latter said the contractor was given August 2016 which was their revised deadline of May 2016.
Herald has been pursuing the projects deadlines very closely with the contractor who had told this daily that the project would be ready by January 2015. It is more than two years now that deadlines have been missed. This is the third tourist season since work started on the road and the project is still incomplete.
The remaining work (28%) includes the facilities and amenities which were proposed in the plan of construction -- like pavements, sitting arrangements, parking, streetlights, landscaping, cycle track, walkway, green area etc. The work of pavement is underway at present and renovation of the circle at the NIO junction is also under construction.
SENIORS SUFFER: The incomplete work of road had not only put motorists into inconvenience but has also disappointed tourists who are visiting Dona Paula jetty for two consecutive tourist seasons. Besides tourists and motorists, it has also put into inconvenience the senior citizens and joggers for more than two years.
Before the project began there was sitting arrangement of benches and also walking space besides the road and the local residents were using it regularly. The senior citizens and couples were also seen enjoying the breeze in the evening using the road side benches which were located close to the beach.
The road is presently opened for traffic but the vital part which is missing creates inconvenience to hundreds of people who are visiting Miramar beach in the evening and on holidays.
SINGLE LANE: The controversial project has also created another blunder making it a single lane road. The earlier road from Miramar to Dona Paula was a two-way street with a divider in between with street lights installed in that space. But the new concrete road, though broad, is constructed in a single lane increasing high risk of accidents.
When contacted GSIDC official in-charge of project said that he will check with the contractor about the deadline to complete the entire project whereas its Managing Director Sanjit Rodrigues has refused to comment over the phone.
CRACKS DEVELOPED: The project was also part of another controversy after it developed cracks even before it could allow traffic. Herald, in the past reported about the said cracks which came up at 15 places and measured at least an inch in breadth during an inspection. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar had personally visited the site with officials, the contractor and other consultants. He ordered a probe into the cracks on the new concrete road through the Chief Secretary of Goa.