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Which is a garbage dump yard infested with cattle? Ans: KTC

13 Sep 2017 04:26am IST
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13 Sep 2017 04:26am IST
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14 years later the bus stand has remained dilapidated and infested by stray cattle and gets flooded during monsoon; Terminus ready but needs tendering and execution

NESHWIN ALMEIDA

neshwin@herald-goa.com


It is only the very imaginative who will venture to call this a bus terminus. Its roof leaking at many places, stinking garbage and stray cattle are a part of the landscape. The site too has been infested by insects such as mosquitoes. The project has hit a roadblock due to certain land acquisition and objection by farmers in the vicinity. Most of the land filling and acquisition was complete in 2011. The delay in arrival and departure of buses at the bus stand has inconvenienced the locals especially senior citizens coming from various places across the state to the town.

Plans to upgrade the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) bus stand in Margao into a terminus were first discussed and laid out in the year 2003. Finally, during the fag end of his tenure as Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat laid a foundation stone on October 6, 2011 hoping that he would woo voters and the people of South Goa.

However, 14 years later the bus stand has remained dilapidated and infested by stray cattle. And to add to it the site which was built in the 1980s gets flooded especially during monsoon.

“When Margao got its Kadamba bus stand immediately, the old bus stand in Margao town opposite the police station was actually denotified and the land is in Margao Municipality’s possession. But buses still ply on this unutilised land which is being encroached by shop owners and the KTC Bus stand is in a shambles,” stated Jose Maria Miranda.

KTC shuttle service is available to Vasco and Panjim where state and central government offices are located and thousands of Goans from South Goa right up from Canacona, Ponda, Sanvordem and Quepem travel in these buses to reach their respective offices.

“Since the design for a state-of-the-art terminus is already in place and just needs tendering and implementation, I don’t see the real reason for the delay. It’s obvious that the subsequent governments after having shown disinterest to the needs of South Goa and its people” stated an angry Digambar Kamat, former chief minister.

The former CM believes that KTC ails in its losses but a state-of-the-art bus terminus that addresses parking of interstate buses and looks into lodging and increased plying routes would bring revenues to the State-run KTC and make it self-sufficient.

Town and Country Planning Minister, Vijai Sardesai, who is Salcete’s lone minister, said, “I have conveyed to the Chief Minister that we will hold a national competition for the KTC design and build it on Goan ethos keeping in mind revenue and I will personally ensure the terminus is taken up in this tenure”.

KTC chairman Carlos Almeida, who is waiting to kick start the bus stand work in Margao and also in his home town Vasco, said the government is mindful of a terminus but the availability of funds is the main factor.

 



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