|April 14, 2018 at 11:58 am #8193|
After patiently hearing the ‘dejected voices’ as well as the ‘outbursts’ of the villagers of Seraulim, Mungul and Benaulim from the Benaulim constituency, at the special meeting held at the South Goa Collectorate, PWD Minister Ramkrishna Dhavalikar assured them that their grievances will be forwarded to the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari in the next fifteen days, and added that a separate tender would be floated to fulfil their demand.
The villagers have been demanding that the western bypass be constructed on ‘stilts.’
The Minister disclosed that a file will be moved for further curtailment of the work, but opined that the ongoing work of the western bypass needs to be completed as it cannot be stopped at this stage.
“If we consider the request of these villagers at this moment, the cost would increase by Rs 800 to 900 crore – three times the original estimate. The original estimate was Rs 280 crore, and it has already increased to Rs 400 crore. The villagers’ grievances will however be brought to the notice of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in another 15 days,” he said.
“We will also be proposing to float a separate tender for constructing the western bypass on stilts to fulfil their demand,” he said adding that it would however be difficult to stop the work of the western bypass, as demanded by the Benaulim constituency people.
He, however, said that a file will be moved to the government for curtailment of the work, but the work on the road stretch through Navelim areas will be completed.
The demand will also be forwarded to the state finance department for consideration, the Minister added.
The Minister initially tried his best to convince the locals to allow the PWD to carry on with the work of western bypass on 12 box culverts but could not succeed as the support for the demand – `Western bypass on stilts to avoid flooding in the areas,’ grew.
“We are not in a hurry. The work of the western bypass can wait,” Gozaco Rebello, former MMC chairperson, John Baretto, Agnelo Fernandes, former sarpanchas of Benaulim and several elderly villagers said.
Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao thanked the Minister for listening to the grievances of the villagers.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Western bypass: Dhavalikar assures villagers of construction on ‘stilts’“