|February 10, 2014 at 10:14 am #5150|
The Merces-Old Goa NH-4A bypass road constructed by the previous BJP government headed by Manohar Parrikar proved to be a huge boon as it helped in decongesting traffic along the Patto-Ribandar-Old Goa road.
However, the bypass road has now proved to be a bane for the Chimbel locals as it criss-crosses the main village road near Immaculate Conception chapel and the cross-road junction has witnessed a rising number of accidents as vehicles plying along the bypass road overspeed without concern for the traffic along the Chimbel road.
The absence of traffic signals, signboards and speed breakers have further added to the danger as the vehicle drivers are not made aware of the approaching village junction.
Recently, around 50 locals had held a token protest to highlight the dangers posed to the lives of the residents by the overspeeding vehicles and had demanded that the authorities install speed breakers along the bypass road so that the speed of the vehicles is kept under control.
The residents had also demanded that a traffic policeman be posted permanently at the junction and signboards installed on both sides of the bypass road, before the junction approaches, to make the vehicle drivers aware that a village lies ahead.
However, till date, nothing has happened in this direction and the villagers continue to live with the danger.
Speaking to Herald, Paul Fernandes, a local, whose house is located near the junction, informed that he has written several letters to the concerned authorities like the NHAI, Transport department and Traffic department highlighting the dangers caused due to overspeeding vehicles.
“I had even requested the authorities to install traffic signals, signboards and speed breakers so that accidents do not occur,” Fernandes informed while stating that the steep slope near the junction adds to the speed of the vehicles, thereby resulting in mishaps.
“The authorities have failed to take cognizance of my letters,” he said. “I had even suggested that an alternate road be constructed so that the danger to the lives of the residents is avoided.
Further, Fernandes informed that the NH4A is a bypass road and not a national highway. “No notification has been issued stating that the road is a national highway,” he informed, while questioning how national permit vehicles are allowed to ply along this road when it has not been notified as a national highway.
Further, Fernandes stated that lorries, 16-wheeler vehicles and other heavy vehicles plying along the road cause a lot of sound, particularly in the wee hours, thereby disturbing the sleep of the locals residing nearby.
When contacted, Chimbel sarpanch Shruti Kunkolkar informed that the panchayat, at its recent fortnightly meeting, has adopted a resolution requesting the authorities to install speed breakers on both sides of the bypass road so that overspeeding is avoided.
“We will forward the resolution to the concerned authorities at the earliest,” she assured.
Source/Reference: Herald, “NH4A bypass road at Chimbel boon to some, bane to others“