Stretch of road from Malim to Betim is ridden with potholes; PWD assures repair work will be taken up soon
For years, it has been a bumpy ride for those travelling through the Betim-Malim road along the banks of the Mandovi River to the north of Panjim. Despite several protests, the pathetic condition of the road on this stretch has not improved.
As Team Herald, visited the spot it saw that the entire stretch of the road was full of potholes and that there had been no proper maintenance done for long.
“We find it extremely difficult to drive two-wheelers due to the poor condition of the roads. Besides causing a body ache, two-wheelers often face various problems,” says Nilesh Kerkar, a resident of Betim.
Pointing to the absence of inner roads since the formation of residential colonies, he said the residents had been facing a nightmarish experience to reach their houses. The sufferings would double during the monsoon period.
Another, person residing in Betim, Carlos Pereira said, “The condition of this road is very bad and it has been a long time since it has been repaired. Due to the potholes two-wheeler riders, especially senior citizens who travel by scooters, have to face many issues. The MLA should take up this issue with the government and get this road repaired. This road is of utmost importance as it also used widely by tourists.”
Villagers, in December 2016, backed by MLA Rohan Khaunte, had demanded that the road from Porvorim towards the slope till Aldona be repaired on priority as its poor condition has resulted in a number of accidents.
Speaking to Herald, Public Works Department (PWD) Principal Chief Engineer Uttam Parsekar said, “We have already started road repair works and in some places it has also been completed. The Malim to Betim road will also be taken up for repairs shortly. The PWD was just waiting for the monsoon to get over.”