- Western Bypass creates havoc in Nuvem, Maddel
Western Bypass creates havoc in Nuvem, Maddel
An absence of forward thinking has resulted in chaos descending in the area
The monsoons are back and one group of people not prepared for it is the NG-Tarmat who’s working on the Western Bypass works connecting Sirlim to Nuvem bypassing Margao town.
But the problem is the work in full swing even though it is delayed by more than a year. Even worse is the stretch from Nuvem to Maddel and Mungul where the water does not have a pathway to flow out. This water lies stagnant in the marshlands on Mungul creating havoc and destroying fields in the vicinity.
So bad is the water logging that shanties build for workers along the Western bypass works are sinking and a few centimeters from being washed up such that the contractors had to evacuate the workers and their families from these shanties and place them elsewhere?
“The cement and concrete blocks for the over bridge were done on time and hence we’re waiting for them to set and dry and till then the small bridge built at Mungul for the water from river Sal has no direction and washing up in nearby paddy fields” said Manoj Kiran, the crane assistant trying to level mud approaching the bypass bridge at Mungul.
Kiran blames the PWD for not identifying these areas as waterborne and not declaring the River Sal’s vicinity from the construction site and hence the landfilling was done burying the existing water way.
Meanwhile local farmer Mac Costa shows us how the bandaras are completely destroyed and washed away because no disaster management precautions and water drainage precautions were considered while executing the Western Bypass works.
The massive concrete retaining walls earmarking the boundary of the Western Expressway is justified but another farmer Sarita explains to us that the parallel concrete wall parallel to the retaining wall which is holding back the water and flushing it at high pressure into the nearby fields is not understood by the locals. Sarita also explains the parallel concrete wall has forcibly caused a man-made river which prevents the farmers from bringing a tractor, mechanized plough or even seedlings replanted into the fields.
“Our fields and homes in the vicinity have to face the wrath of a Western bypass, Collectorate, district hospital and all we get is garbage, sewage and rising waters in the monsoon flowing into our vicinity. The government’s action to not act on time is abysmal,” stated John Rodrigues, farmer at Madel-Mungul.