There is also the issue of objections from the locals of Kharaswada, Colvale, Dhargali, Uguem, Torxem even though the land acquisition and tendering process for the national highway widening project is taking place simultaneously at a brisk pace. Locals are upset about this as they feel their issues which include resettlement for some, among other demands, have not been addressed yet. Further issues of the constant traffic jams and the loud noise of the vehicles passing by; have caused daily hardships to the residents there.
“The main problem we are facing is that of the traffic. We are often stuck in long traffic jams. However, once the work gets completed I am hoping that it will be beneficial to the commuters”, said Roopam Khor, who is a daily commuter on the road.
Anjali Desai said, “I almost travel everyday on this road, and the potholes, the dust and long traffic jams lead to an irritable and exhausting journey not only for the vehicles but also the person travelling. This work has been going on for a while and it’s not going to end soon. However, there’s not anything that can be done either, we are to put up with this anyway.”
“The roads are not safe anymore because of the increased number of vehicles and the ongoing work the road. They are building all these new roads and highways, but what is the point, if no one is actually going to maintain them later. I hope this highway does not become a subject of neglect and corruption in the future”, added Swapnil Borkar.
“The work has been going on for a while now, and they have completely ruined everything. All this work is done in a really shabby way and now people are fed up with this”, said Mini Dias, a resident of the area of Colvale. Mini’s house is located alongside the road and she is often troubled by the dust that is brought in her house due to the ongoing work of the roads and the loud sounds caused by the passing of heavy vehicles.
Another Colvale resident, Samantha D’souza, said, “The sounds caused by the buses and trucks due to the widening of the highway are terrible especially early in the morning and late in the night. I have a baby, and she keeps waking up at night due to this. All this has become stressful for her too. It’s mentally disturbing for us as the family peace is destroyed. Moreover, it causes damage to our vehicles too, due to the increase in our travel time, the diesel gets wasted because of changing the gears and also the suspension is affected.”
“It seems that travellers will have to wait and tolerate this situation till the end of the year, as of now as the National highway project work is likely to be accomplished by December 2019”, said site supervisor Venu. “As the project gets executed the people who travel by this road should take safety measures too. The drivers need to be alert at all times especially during the night time to avoid any mishaps. They should ensure that they drive safe and do not over speed,” added officials of the construction company.
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The site supervisor Venu, who works with contractor M Venkata Rao, added, “We are not only required to construct and widen the highway but we also need to solve the problems that people face."
He said many times they are called to divert the traffic and put up sign boards in order to avoid the accidents and undertaking only a part of the highway at a time is causing the pace of work to slow down.
"In our capacity, we are trying our best to reduce the problems that the travellers face,” he added.