porvorim: Culverts and roads leading to Torda, Salai and Paithan creeks in Porvorim are full of potholes and badly damaged, with the PWD failing to repair them in time, causing inconvenience and danger to commuters.
The issue of repairs and beautification of culverts was raised in June 2014 by Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte who had written to the Chief Minister asking for construction of ten culverts in the constituency.
“Porvorim has good potential of being hinterland touristic place because of the greenery, various creeks, palatial houses and the hospitality of the people. There are five beautiful roads over creeks connecting villages through paddy fields and water bodies on both sides of the road and because of its scenic beauty, lot of tourists visit this place. However the existing old culverts and roads are insufficient to regulate the growing requirement of the vehicular traffic,” Khaunte had stated in that letter.
In July 2017, Khaunte had written another letter to the CM urging for beautification of the creeks in Porvorim. He mentioned about the three creeks Torda, Salai and Paithan, and pointed out that they require retaining walls, widening of roads, hotmixing, speed breakers at crucial junctions, providing footpaths and walking tracks, electrification etc; for facilitating easy and safe flow of traffic, keeping in mind, the safety of pedestrians and residents of the area.
Khaunte alleged that the government has paused the developmental works in Porvorim especially the repair of these three major culverts that help people connect to different areas, which have now begun caving in, triggering the possibility of major mishap in near future.
The Independent MLA said locals have expressed anger over the BJP-led government for providing step-motherly treatment towards the constituency while putting the lives of people at risk.