VASCO: Tension rent the air once again at Zuarinagar, Sancoale on Monday morning when Sancoale Deputy Sarpanch Nandani Desai, Cortalim BJP Mandal general Secretary Maruti Desai and locals from Vidyanagar residential area stopped heavy vehicles from plying along the 10-meter wide internal road leading to MES College.
According to available information, the high voltage drama continued for over two hours. Even a team of Verna police and Mormugao Joint Mamlatdar Vimod Dalal rushed to the site to control the situation. Following assurances from police and Dalal to settle the issue amicably by holding a joint meeting with locals and builders, whose heavy vehicles have been using the said internal road, the locals called off their agitation.
“We were forced to take such step today as despite our warnings and protests in past, heavy vehicles continue to use our internal road, which is meant only for those having plots in the Vidyanagar residential area and for the students and teaching staff of MES College, Zuarinagar,” said Nandani Desai said.
She said, “Actually, before starting any projects, the land developer or the project promoter should ensure that the road infrastructure is in place. Behind MES College, work on several multi-dwelling projects is going on, but their road work is still on paper. They are now using our internal road to transport construction materials to their site. Initially, we were quiet, but now the number of heavy vehicles on our road has increased as these vehicles are not only posing a threat to the residents and students, but are causing lot of inconvenience to 1200 plus families residing here at Vidyanagar.”
Vidyanagar Residents’ Welfare Association president Edward Fernandes said, “We cannot remain silent anymore as they have been taking us for granted. Today, as mark of protest we stopped only two heavy vehicles but if they fail to pay any heed to our worries then we will be forced to hold mass agitation, by blocking the main highway 17 B, which leads to the airport,” Fernandes warned.