Rs 100cr plan to ease Ponda traffic congestion

September 24, 2013


PONDA: Stating that increasing vehicular population is creating major traffic problems in Ponda town, transport minister Ramkrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar said the state government will draw up a 100-crore traffic management plan to ease the traffic congestion in the town.”We have finalized a consultant, we are going to issue him a appointment order within eight days and he will begin work with local experts in engineering and architecture, who will assist the consultant,” Dhavalikar told the media at Kawlem-Ponda on the sidelines of a village panchayat function.

Dhavalikar said the whole project would be carried out by the Goa state infrastructure development corporation (GSIDC) and 25 crore will be transferred to the GSIDC account within two months.

The plan will not only include a transport hub, but will also have flyovers, pedestrians’ pathways, gardens, etc., he said.

A kindergarten (KG) school, a high school and a hall near the Ponda-Khadapabandh busy junction adds to the traffic woes in Ponda. Several parents and rickshaw riders park their vehicles along the Khadapabandh road creating a traffic mess before and after school hours.

Although police post a home guard and a traffic police constable on the road near the KG school to control vehicular traffic, the children are seen crossing the road recklessly which can lead to accidents, fear parents.

Admitting that the children cross the road recklessly endangering their lives, Dhavalikar said that chief minister Manohar Parrikar, during a function at Farmagudi recently, declared that such schools would be shifted elsewhere by providing them with a plot of land admeasuring 10,000 sq m with a proper play ground.



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