|May 17, 2014 at 7:43 pm #5390|
MARGAO: The situation in Raia continues to remain tense as locals blocked trucks from plying on the Arlem- Borim road and demanded that the transport department ensures that all trucks would be checked for overloading.
The death of a 14-year-old girl on Wednesday has gripped the village, and on Thursday, locals residents took to the streets after spotting an overloaded truck at the Ambora-Raia junction. They claimed it was similar to the truck that had rammed into a shop, a couple of days ago.
The protesting villagers walked up to the traffic police peronnel present at the junction and demanded as to why there were not checking on the overloaded truck. They demanded that the traffic police check whether the truck was carrying load beyond its permitted capacity.
The locals further demanded that the PWD undertake road widening and repair work at the earliest, in addition to the RTO screening trucks entering the residential area.
The PWD department has decided to carry out a detailed re-survey of the entire 6.6km Arlem – Borim road for the purpose of road widening.
Earlier, PWD officials had blamed encroachments and the non availability of NOCs to carry out road widening work, despite giving repeated assurances to locals that they would complete the road widening work at the earliest.
Ambora residents suggested that there is an urgent need for restructuring of the road to rectify various flaws.
Claiming that the road has many sharp and dangerious turns, residents have requested that authorities amend these flaws and reduce the number of sharp turns.
“The four-lane road should not end on the turn, rather it should extend for another 100 meters,” opined a local resident, adding that authorities should take up road-widening work on scientific lines.
Villagers also demanded that signboards be erected along the busy road to keep a check on commuters travelling at high speeds.
Locals also criticised the district disaster management response team for its failure in responding to accidents in that area.
Source/Reference: Times of India, “Locals block trucks from plying on Arlem-Borim road“