Herald: Will this dream of Quepemkars come true?
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Will this dream of Quepemkars come true?

14 Jun 2018 04:04am IST
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14 Jun 2018 04:04am IST

More than a decade has passed since Quepemkars have been asking for a full fledged Bus Stand to benefit both commuters as well as Bus operators. Local MLA and present leader of the opposition made several efforts but nothing came true. Local self Governing body Quepem Municipal council and the local leaders in particular went pillar to post to meet this demand. Finally after all these efforts, the government has agreed to build a bus stand in Quepem. Government has acquired 55000 sq.mts land for this purpose at Karali Quepem which is half a Km away from Quepem Market. Government has approved this project and it is at the tendering stage. If everything goes well after monsoon, the government can float tenders for this project and after financial approval the bus stand project will kick off.

Quepem is one of the oldest town’s in South Goa which is also the Taluka head quarter. All government offices are situated in Quepem and in addition there is a degree college and various other educational institutions. Quepem is a main centre which connects East side by Curchorem west by Nargao and the south by Cuncolim and Canacona. Hundreds of commuters are using bus transport. There are many buses plying from  Margao, Curchorem, Cuncolim, Canacona and other places. All these buses which are operating from Quepem to various destinations need a full fledged bus stand. Since there is no bus stand at Quepem bus operators use the state highways as a Bus stand. They park their buses on the road itself which creates confusion and traffic jams. Those buses which come from Margao use the road near Kanekar hotel as the bus stand while buses going from Curchorem to Margao halt at Pharmacy Bhise. Sometimes the buses halt at Quepem Cuncolim road. During peak hours all these roads face traffic congestion. Due to unavailability of bus stand Quepem experienced several accidents. Some years ago they had developed a small place at Dysp office to use as a bus stand but the narrow place was not sufficient for buses to park hence this place was later converted into a pickup stand and parking spot. 

There was a strong and essential need of bus stand. This proposed bus stand project is expected to be ready by 2020. Quepemkars are happy the government has agreed to their demand. Local MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar who worked hard to get this knowledge has expressed his happiness. “ I am happy finally government agreed to our demands. Quepem is a major town and Taluka head quarter bus stand is a need of the hour” he said. 

Meanwhile  the old Quepem police station will also get a face lift.Quepem Police station is old and requires urgent repair. In fact once upon a time this police station was known for Kadai {( prison) There are various memories recorded in this building .. Famous personality of Quepem freedom fighter and journalist Bharatkar Hegde Dessai was kept in this prison.Government has tendered Rs. 8 crores for this project. ion project. The old police station will be demolished and One plus four well planned building will be constructed. Beside Quepem police station there will be Fire and Emergency Services office at the SDPO office. 

After a long gape of many years Quepemkars will witness some mega development project. Quepemkars are happy with government decision because at the same they will benefit from projects valued at RS. 25 crores.  MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar told Herald “ Quepem is prime town and cannot be kept un attended. Government approved our projects and we did perfect planning and follow up and so the results are before us”. 

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