|June 4, 2016 at 4:14 pm #6571|
While heavy, pre-monsoon showers on Wednesday night may have brought respite from the sweltering heat for people in the Salcete taluka, it also created inconveniences for motorists in Benaulim with part of a road caving in.
Incidentally, work on the 15km-long road from Colva to Cavelossim has been on since December 2014 to lay a water pipeline under the Japan international cooperation agency (JICA) water enhancement project. Owing to delays for various reasons, the road was excavated in parts to lay the water pipes and was subsequently covered with earth.
After a gap of about two months, the motorway was soled and another layer of metal and tar was subsequently laid in areas where it had sunk in further.
This process had to be rushed through with on the stretch from Benaulim to Colva due to heavy vehicular movement. Following excavation and laying of the water pipes, there was hardly any time for the earth to settle as soling was carried out almost immediately. And after Wednesday night’s downpour, the soil gave way, causing craters in the road.
Benaulim MLA Caetano D’Silva alias Caitu told TOI that he spoke with the contractor concerned on Thursday morning and directed him to repair the road immediately.
“By 11.30am, machinery was brought in and labourers had begun repairs,” D’Silva said, assuring that he would monitor the progress.
Source/Reference: Times of India, “Repaired in a hurry, Benaulim gets crater of a road“