Constant road digging in the city inconveniencing people; Residents angry as same road is dug repeatedly for different reasons; PWD says it will complete the digging before IFFI opens
Ahead of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), scheduled to open on Monday, the city roads are in a pathetic condition, with Public Works Department (PWD) having dug them up to lay a water pipeline in the city. This is causing a major inconvenience to motorists and the traders.
The road digging is currently taking place adjacent to the existing drains at the edge of the roads. The excavated mud is falling into the drains while the dug areas are worrying locals and traders in the area.
PWD officials said that 40 kilometres of the pipeline have already been laid in the Panjim of the 80 kilometres. The officer said that work of installing the new pipeline commenced only after getting permission from the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP).
PWD said that once the entire pipeline is laid the surface will be tarred and restored back, so that there won’t be any problem to the motorists in the city. “We will be completing our work in next two days because of the IFFI,” a PWD officer said.
Currently, work of laying the pipeline is taking place from the rickshaw stand on Dr Menezes Braganza road till Cine National. At two junctions the road has been blocked for digging purposes. PWD in laying the pipeline, for the 24/7 water supply scheme under JNNRUM, at three locations – Panjim city, Miramar and Altinho. Digging of the roads in Panjim city for different reasons has become a real worry for the motorists, traders as well as pedestrians. In June this year the North Goa District Collector had to intervene and stop the digging of roads in Panjim city for two months to avoid danger and disruption to the lives of motorists and pedestrians.
Hotelier Prakash Sakhalakar from Panjim said that constant digging of roads causes a major problem to commuters and traders in the city. “Laying of pipeline is a must as Panjim is already facing a water crisis. It should be done in a planned and systematic way, not haphazardly,” he said.
Most of the people are furious as the same road is being dug on several occasions every year for different reasons.