Furious over fatal accidents, Pernem locals threaten to block road

Pernem: Furious over several fatal accidents on national highway, people from Pernem have threatened to block the road if the local MLA fails to provide proper service road with illumination and signboards at Volpya-Virnoda within eight days.

After a local lost his life in an accident on Tuesday night, people of Virnoda blocked the national highway at Volpya for more than an hour. The situation was brought under control by Police Inspector who assured to arrest the accused within 24 hours. And on Wednesday morning, the villagers gathered on the highway at Volpya and stopped the ongoing highway work.

The villagers said that due to the negligence of the local MLA Manohar Ajgaonkar, people are losing their lives in road accidents.

The locals also blamed the road contractor for the accidents.

“The contractor has failed to put up signboards and illuminate the road due to which several accidents are occurring,” a local claimed.

“There is a scam in this highway extension because of which the MLA is quiet and since the MLA is silent, the company widening the highway is least bothered about the lives of the people. We want development but not at the cost of human life,” a local Rekha Parab said.

“We want the Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant to intervene in the matter and also to compensate the family of the accident victim. He was the lone bread winner in the family and lost his life due to the negligence of the government,” the locals demanded. [H]