Herald: Ferries is the govt answer to traffic congestion at Cortalim

Ferries is the govt answer to traffic congestion at Cortalim

16 May 2019 06:29am IST

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16 May 2019 06:29am IST

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Agassaim side ferry ramp connnecting Cortalim to be used in case of emergency

VASCO: The Zuari river ferry ramp on the Agassaim side connecting Cortalim is likely to be made operational soon and will be used to ferry locals in case of an emergency to easy the traffic congestion woes on either side of the bridge.

This was decided after an inspection of the ferry ramp following a special disaster management team meeting of various departments held on Wednesday evening.

Captain of Ports James Braganza said the meeting discussed the traffic congestion woes and decided that as a measure to counter traffic congestion the ferry service from Agassaim ferry point to Cortalim ferry point be put into operation only in emergency cases. He said instructions have been issued to keep additional ferries on standby for the purpose.

Speaking to Herald, Vasco Traffic Inspector Suraj Samant said during the meeting issues pertaining to traffic congestion, bottle necks on the road ends and preparations to tackle problems during the monsoon were also discussed. Samant said issues related to slope cutting, hill cutting, water logging, drainage construction etc were also discussed at the meeting. 

He also said that PWD officials will be conducting re-inspection shortly of the slope which was cut near Cortalim junction. 

PWD will conduct another inspection and survey of the Cortalim junction on the Verna slope stretch to check if the spot and fields near the road will get waterlogged during the monsoons so that a solution is found for the problem, he said.

Samant said it was decided to speed up the road widening, drainage construction, road concreting work to avoid any further problems during the monsoons. 

The meeting also demanded to take utmost precaution to avoid any untowards incidents such as landslide during rainy season on this stretch.

The meeting was attended by Additional Collector South Agnelo Fernandes, Shankar P, project manager of Dilip Buildcon Ltd, Director of Transport Nikhil Dessai, PWD executive engineer, Uttam Parsekar, SP traffic south Dinraj Govekar and SP traffic North, Dharmesh Angle. 

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