Compared to the road problems in towns, it’s far worse in rural areas like Sattari
In Sattari taluka, all inter villages roads are in a pathetic condition for the past several years. This, despite the fact that,villagers from rural areas have constantly raised the issue of the bad roads, at their respective village gram sabhas.
To their queries, the panchayat body replies stating that they have already submitted the files for carrying out repair work to the PWD’s Road department. The panchayat elected representatives blame the authorities for not taking any action.
But this has been a perennial source of worry for the locals given the number of road accidents that have occurred in the villages.
“Not a single elected representative is bothered to repair the road of their own village. We are facing the problems such as body pain, backbone injuries etc but nothing has changed. And in the rains, it is very dangerous to ride one’s two or four-wheeler on these roads. The potholes is one issue but the roads are overflowing with rain water,” say locals.
They give examples and point to most of the internal roads of Poriem village. Local named Virendra Majik elaborated about how locals are forced to travel on these dangerous roads as they have no other option.
“In Honda village, all the panchayat ward roads have been washed away due to the heavy rains. We demand that the government repairs these roads before the Ganesh festival,” local Omkar Desai adds.
While the hotmixing of roads in the Nagargao panchayat area has started, the PWD Valpoi’s Road Department office had to stop the work due to the intervening heavy rains.
“Now the work of hot mixing the roads will start after Diwali. From a geographical point of view, Nagargao village panchayat is large. There are total 60 kilometers of inter village roads in this panchayat,” explained panch member Parag Khadilkar, while adding that the hot mixing of roads in his area has been completed.
Roads of Vasco, Chicalim, Cortalim- Full of pockmarks of neglect
The condition of the roads from Vasco area are as sick as the COVID situation in Goa at present. The vicious cycle of road tarring; asphalt getting washed off in the rains, potholes being formed and then minor patchwork being done using mud and stones is never ending. And these are how some of the roads are in Vasco, especially the road from Vasco KTC bus stand to the Chicalim slope, which is a bumpy ride for the commuters.
Incidentally, since the last one year, these roads suffered this way. The heavy rainfall in the last two months have also increased and widened the number of potholes.
In some areas, locals have said that the unmotorable roads do not improve even with the stop-gap measures of filling the potholes.
Local Agnelo D'costa said the road from KTC bus stand till the Chicalim slope gets spoiled every year and that senior citizens and those who are ailing are inconvenienced due to the bad road conditions. He elaborated that the potholes cause them pain in their back and body when they travel on these roads. The PWD authorities should give a serious thought on giving good quality of roads in the first instance rather than going for temporary patchwork later with muds and stones,” said D’Costa.
Siddesh T, another person from Vasco said the roads in Vasco; especially the internal roads are not in good shape. “The road near MPT Hospital, next to the waste dumping site is horrible. There are dogs, cattle sitting on the road. There are huge potholes on this road and during rainy season, the potholes become unnoticeable due to water logging and this might be an open invitation for vehicular accidents,” he added. Incidentally, the MPT hospital houses COVID patients.
Another person, Shahnavaaz Mayyadi, also stated that the roads from the KTC bus stand to Vaddem Lake need attention. He also reiterated that there should be a permanent solution to this. “Simply doing patchwork with mud and stones won’t resolve the issue. In fact, it takes three to four shower spells for the mud and stones to get washed away,” he added.
Another person named Sohail felt the highway roads need to be of better quality and not muddy, filled with potholes. “Road near the Verna slope, Cortalim junction stretch, Agassaim area gets quite bad during the heavy rains,” he added.