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Comprehensive mobility plan for State soon

Panjim: Nearly six years after the Central government in principle approved a transport plan for Goa, the State government has finally worked on the Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for the entire State.On November 8, 2013 the Ministry of Urban Development, government of India, had in principle approved Goa’s desire to have a transport plan and this was indicated in a letter to the State Principal Secretary for preparation of the State transport plan.The Ministry also wanted the CMP to be notified under Town and Country Planning Act as part of the Master Plan for the respective planning area.The State government forwarded the letter to Department of Urban Development and thereafter it was shifted to Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC).
Soon after this government took over, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar moved the project to Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd (IPSCDL).Speaking to Herald, IPSCDL CEO Swayan Chaudhari said that as soon as the agency got the project things were set in motion. “The best part of the project is the Centre is going to bear 80 percent of the cost and the State will have to pitch in with only 20 percent,” Chaudhari said.He said the Centre had given them a list of 23 consultants on its panel and the bids were called amongst them. “Two bidders – UMTC and ICRA Management Ltd – have applied for the project,” he said.Chaudhari said that the CMP will give exact details of input and output of vehicular traffic in the State and help develop proper infrastructure. “The CMP will tell us what infrastructure is needed where viz-a-viz public transport parking, non-motorised zones, pedestrian zones etc,” he stated.GSIDC vice-chairman and former Panjim MLA Siddharth Kuncoliencar said the CMP was one of the budget promises fulfilled by Parrikar. “CMP was promised by CM in his budget speech and it is on its way to being fulfilled. This shows our government walks the talk,” he said.Kuncoliencar said the CMP will be a boon to the State especially in wake of frequent traffic jams and fatal accidents. [H]

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