Vijai addresses various issues of Margao & Fatorda at ‘Sunday Dialogue’
MARGAO: Traffic will keep moving along the Opinion Poll Square and nobody will be permitted to stop there henceforth and necessary instructions were given to the officials by Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardessai at the ‘Sunday Dialogue’ programme he held today.
Following complaints and suggestions from the public, Vijai directed the police and deputy collector to ensure that no buses halt at the Square and also directed the RTO and traffic cell to challan anybody in the square as it causes traffic jams and a hindrance.
“It is time for us to change our habits of parking our vehicles close to the place that we want to visit and walking to the place,” he said while pointing out that the government has prepared ample parking space from the Colva circle to KTC bus stand and is also planning to have a multi-storeyed parking at Ravindra Bavan.
Acceding the people’s complaint that traffic is badly managed in Margao, he directed the Margao Traffic Cell Police Inspector Mohan Gaude to have a team patrolling the entire city on a motorcycle and regulate traffic wherever there is a problem and asked him to manage it as the Inspector complained of lack of staff.
He also directed the police to immediately clear all abandoned vehicles including buses from the road side. “The government challans people for parking in no parking areas but who will challan the government for keeping these vehicles there?” he asked while telling officials to first give proper service to people.
Reacting to Jose Maria Miranda’s suggestion of having a vehicle bay in case of emergency, he suggested that could be set up in the land acquired by the government to set up non-conventional energy park and further directed the PWD to set up dividers wherever possible even if it meant reducing the width of the road. He said that problems faced in Borda would be largely addressed once the ring road from FabIndia to Agalle is done in about two years time, other issues like constructing drains on the existing road from Holy Spirit to Agalle will be taken up.
He directed the PWD to inspect the area around the Opinion Poll Square and also the trial court to find the cause of flooding during monsoons and start the work as soon as possible to ensure that there is no flooding this monsoon.
He also assured the people that within a week the problems caused by a scooter service centre including encroachments on footpath, pollution of water through the soak pit, oil spillage, etc will be taken care of.
As some people complained about drug smoking at different places, Police Inspector Navlesh Desai gave his mobile number and asked people to call him up with such information. While directing the police and officials to take steps to avoid disturbance by drunken youth who make a lot of noise on their vehicles, he pointed out that one bar was demolished by MMC and clarified that it was not because of political vendetta but because there was a complaint.
Various other issues like electricity and water bills being given after three months, difficulty in crossing roads due to heavy traffic etc were raised. However, Vijai had no answer when someone asked how a building with commercial establishments could be constructed near the multipurpose complex without having any parking space.