23 Jan 2023  |   02:15pm IST

MARGAO SEWAGE LINE WORK: With citizens highlighting negligence on safety measures, SIDCGL immediately takes action

MARGAO SEWAGE LINE WORK: With citizens highlighting  negligence on safety measures, SIDCGL immediately takes action

Marcos Gonsalves

MARGAO: Taking serious note of the concern shown by the citizens towards the negligence on safety measures at the ongoing work of sewage network, the Sewage and Infrastructure Development Corporation (SIDCGL) immediately cleared the footpath near KTC bus stand and erected proper barricade at Colva Circle. 

Earlier, citizens and GOACAN has called for the compliance of the terms and conditions by the SIDCGL at the sewage project being implemented at Margao from the District Hospital to the Colva circle via KTC bus stand so as to ensure public safety.   

In a letter to Jyoti Kumari, IAS, District Magistrate South Goa, GOACAN has pointed out that the various terms and conditions laid out in the notification dated December 22, 2022, have been blatantly violated by the SIDCGL and its project management consultant (PMC) and contractor.

Roland Martins, coordinator of GOACAN said that after receiving complaints from road users, the GOACAN visited the site to check whether the terms and conditions laid out in the notification were being followed. It was shocking to note the level of violations that had resulted in a total compromise on public safety.

He had said no security guards/traffic marshals with retro reflective jackets for traffic control/regulation were seen at the site, no proper signages displayed, indicating flashlight/work in progress 40 metres prior to the work site on both ends.

“It was evident that the SIDCGL was implementing this project without abiding by all the directions issued by the Honourable Supreme Court of India, Honourable High Court of Bombay at Goa and Goa State Pollution Control Board,” said Martins. 

The GOACAN in its letter had also urged the District Magistrate to immediately intervene in the matter and issue a show cause notice to the officials of the SIDCGL for violations of the notification.

However, on Tuesday evening, the concerned contractor made a point that the safety measures are implemented and also to clear the footpath. 


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