|February 7, 2014 at 1:43 pm #5137|
The agitated villagers of Quelossim-Cortalim on Thursday submitted a memorandum to the Minister for Forest and Environment Alina Saldanha, to be handed over to the government, demanding that heavy vehicular traffic be diverted immediately.
This comes in the wake of the death of a 15-year-old girl who died after coming under the rear wheels of a petroleum tanker at Cortalim on Wednesday afternoon.
The locals staged a protest demanding the state government to divert heavy vehicular traffic stating that it has become a hazard for the villagers. As part of the protest, the locals obstructed movement of heavy vehicles along the Cortalim-Loutolim road.
In the memorandum, the villagers have mentioned the names of six people who have lost their lives in accidents on the narrow road leading to Loutolim from Cortalim since 2011. “Under the circumstances, we demand that movement of heavy vehicles be stopped on this road and be diverted via Verna industrial estate with immediate effect so as to save lives from road accidents,” states former sarpanch of Quelossim-Cortalim village panchayat Antonio Fernandes in the memorandum addressed to various government authorities including the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Alina has assured the villagers of taking necessary steps for diversion of heavy vehicles and make the Cortalim-Loutolim road safe for pedestrians and the villagers in general with the intervention of the Chief Minister Parrikar and the Transport Minister Ramakrishna Dhavalikar. Speaking to media, the Forest Minister said that she would personally take up the issue with the Transport Minister and try to resolve the demand of the villagers.
She further said that the government would take all precautionary measures in the vicinity of schools to restrict the movement of heavy vehicles in Cortalim, especially between 7 a.m. to 8.30 a.m. and from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.
Alina informed that the villagers have also demanded construction of speedbreakers at various spots. She directed the sarpanch of Quelossim-Cortalim village panchayat to identify the spots in order to erect speedbreakers. She further assured to resolve all demands of the villagers by holding a meeting with the concerned authorities.
Meanwhile, the Forest Minister has convened a special meeting of various government officials in her office at Cansaulim on February 7 to discuss and come out with solutions on the demand regarding traffic diversion.
A strong posse of police force was deputed at Cortalim-Loutolim road on Thursday in order to avoid any untoward incident.
The deputy collector and sub-divisional magistrate, Mormugao, Gauresh Shankhwalkar; joint mamlatdar, Mormugao, Vimod Dalal; deputy superintendent of police, traffic cell-south, Guruprasad Mhapne; deputy superintendent of police, Vasco, Lawrence D’Souza; Vasco PI Rupendra Shetgaonkar, Verna PI Rajesh Kumar, Mormugao PI Santosh Dessai besides other officials were present in Cortalim on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the panch of Quelossim-Cortalim panchayat Raymond D’Sa informed that the issue pertaining to diversion of heavy vehicular traffic would be discussed at the gram sabha to be held on February 9.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Agitated Quelossim-Cortalim villagers submit memo to Alina“