MARGAO: Even as Aam Aadmi Party volunteers held a demonstration at Seraulim railway crossing on Satruday, demanding immediate construction of a rail underpass, local MLA Churchill Alemao furnished copies of order from the State government agreeing to pay half the cost of constructing the same.
The order signed by U P Parsekar, the principal chief engineer of PWD, clearly states that the government has approved paying half the cost of the construction of the underpass and the budget head under which it would be debited is “capital outlay on roads & bridges.”
The underpass is estimated to cost Rs 3,63,50,000 and half the cost is to be borne by the State government while the balance 50 per cent will be borne by the Konkan Railway Corporation.
Churchill dismissed the AAP demonstration as yet another exercise to misguide and mislead the people and asserted that AAP has no scope in Goa and should be satisfied with their success in Delhi.
He thanked Suresh Prabhu for clearing the project when he was the Railways Minister.
and said the work would commence shortly once the tender is awarded.
Earlier, in the morning around 25 volunteers of AAP demonstrated at the level crossing protesting against the hardships faced by the people due to the closure of the gate for at least 15 minutes when a train passes by. Benjamin Fernandes said that there are at least 35 trains that pass every day.
Vincent Fernandes said the State government was not releasing the funds they have to pay for constructing the under bridge and hence the work is not starting while Solon Furtado lamented that nothing had moved since the inspection undertaken a year back.
They all set a three month deadline for work on the under bridge to commence failing which they threatened to have a road blockade.
It may be recalled that on September 27, 2017, the PWD and Konkan Railway Corporation engineers along with Churchill Alemao inspected the area at Tolloi in ward no 3 of Seraulim where 4,400 sq mts of land was acquired in 1991 for construction of the underpass.
At the time of inspection the officials found an encroachment in the acquired property where the Lotlikar family’s room would have to be demolished along with the temporary compound wall.
The Konkan Railway Corporation proposes to construct a double lane underpass each of which will be 6 mts wide and the slab will be 13 mts long while the actual underpass will be around 25 mts long.