- Highway at Farmagudi blocked after number of trees collapse on road
Highway at Farmagudi blocked after number of trees collapse on road
PONDA: The national highway opposite GVM College, Farmagudi, was blocked for more than two hours after a number of trees collapsed on the road, on Wednesday.
Two of the uprooted trees fell on a moving car and a tanker trapping the occupants. However, the occupants of the vehicles were not injured. The fire personnel worked hard to clear the trees from the road. However, it took them more than two hours to reopen the road for traffic.
Frustrated and angry at waiting in queue for more than two hours, the commuters appealed to the government to cut down the aging trees dotting along the road before any major loss of life or property occurs due to their collapse.
Rupesh Gathadikar, whose car got trapped under a tree, said, “Luckily I escaped unhurt and my life was saved. I was proceeding to Pune from Mangueshim, when I saw the tree coming down and I took my car to the extreme left to save my life. The lives of people visiting Goa should not be at risk due to several aged trees leaning on the road.”
The stranded truck drivers said that a number of aging trees are leaning on the entire stretch of road at Farmagudi.
“Till the trees collapse on the road neither the government nor the fire services take initiative to cut these trees,” Pradeep Naik, a local, complained.
“Before the rains arrived, there was ample time to cut down the dangerous trees along the roadside, but nobody takes it seriously unless the trees collapse blocking the road and damaging vehicles, poles and electric lines. This mind set of the government should change,” Naik said.