|May 29, 2014 at 12:59 pm #5426|
The recent announcement by chief minister Manohar Parrikar about opening the tender for the Shiroda-Rachol bridge has upset locals from Raia and Rachol who have been opposing the proposed bridge for years.
At a function held in Ponda last week, Parrikar said the tender for the bridge would be open on June 5 and explained how it would benefit the locals from Shiroda.
On the otherside of the bridge, Fr Victor Ferrao of Rachol seminary has slammed the decision as he claimed that the bridge will have a detrimental effect on the environment and the locals.
Locals from Raia and Rachol had in the past voiced their opposition to the bridge fearing that it would lead to the widening of roads and breaking down of compound walls. They also fear that the bridge will bring with it heaps of dust pollution.
Rachol sarpanch Joseph Vaz said that he along with the Raia panchayat would organize a joint meeting to discuss the proposed bridge and accused the government of ignoring the objections raised by the people from Curtorim constituency.
The bridge was part of the manifesto of BJP Shiroda MLA Mahadev Naik. Fr Ferrao criticized the government for failing to speak to those raising objections from Raia and Rachol.
In the past, Parrikar had said that he would ensure that no trucks and heavy vehicles would be allowed to ply on the village roads in response to fears that the narrow Rachol-Raia roads would get congested. Vaz countered by stating that the locals were opposing the bridge in totality regardless of any precautionary measure of restricting vehicular traffic.
Source/Reference: Times of India, “Raia, Rachol locals irked over tender to build bridge“