Residents in Mapusa continue to express concerns over the aftermath of ongoing underground cabling works, highlighting issues of damaged pipes leading to water wastage and hazardous potholes left unattended on previously excavated roads. The neglect of these areas has become a grave safety concern, particularly for motorcyclists, prompting fears of potential accidents.
Salman Khan, a resident, raised questions regarding accountability for the damaged pipeline, emphasizing the wastage of water and the associated health risks due to potential contamination. He criticized the government for what he perceived as substandard workmanship.
“While they were doing underground cabling works the pipeline was damaged, resulting in wastage of water, so much water gets wasted until the PWD shuts the valve. While on one side water gets wasted there is also a risk of contamination which could make people sick,” said Salman Khan.
Adul Rahil Sheikh echoed these concerns, citing a recent incident where a man was injured after his bike tyre got stuck in a pothole. He urged the government to undertake at least patchwork or repair of these roads to ensure public safety. “A few days back a man was injured while riding on this road after his tyre got stuck in the potholes, the govt. should at least do patchwork or repair the roads,” said Sheikh.
Despite repeated attempts to contact the Public Works Department (PWD), there has been no response.
Notably, the Mapusa Road Restoration project has commenced after prolonged inconvenience to locals. An allocation of Rs 7.8 Crore has been designated for works in specific areas, aiming to address some of the road-related challenges faced by people.