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Fatal accident: Curchorem resident booked for rash driving
- Published on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 17:19
In a hit and run case that led to the death of a motorcyclist, a complaint on behalf of the state has been
lodged against Durvesh Naik of Kakoda-Curchorem for driving in a rash and negligent manner.
Pradeep Patil, aged 34 and a resident of Francis Colony, Amona had died of serious head injury in an accident reported at Xeldem- Quepem on Sunday when his motorcycle was knocked down by a Maruti 800 car (GA-02-J-3778) driven by Naik.
According to the Quepem police, Naik has been booked under sections 279, 304-A, 201 IPC and Section 134 (a) (b) 185 and 196 of Motor Vehicles Act. Police disclosed that Naik was driving under the influence of alcohol while on the way from Curchorem to Totamol. The car did not possess a valid insurance. PI, Mr Ram Asare is investigating the case. [NT]
Rains bring relief to Salcete residents
- Published on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 17:18
Rains accompanied by thunder and lightning hit many parts of Salcete this evening, bringing relief to the people from the sweltering heat.
Rains hit the Margao at around 9 pm and it continued for well over an hour.
Shoppers as well as vendors were caught unawareness at the old market feast fair.
People were seen running helter skelter as the city witnessed pre-monsoon rains this evening.
Margao fire brigade rushed to attend calls in the city as reports of minor accidents due to slippery road conditions poured in late evening.
A number of accidents are believed to have occurred on the NH-17 due to slippery condition of the road. [H]
Killer road death toll touches 13
- Published on Friday, 17 May 2013 12:13
With the death of 59-year-old Abdul Shaikh Rasid, on Tuesday, the death toll on the ‘killer’ Arlem-Ambora road stretch of around 4 kilometers along Margao-Ponda highway, has touched 13.
PWD is developing this stretch into four lanes since the year 2008 and is still incomplete.
In all, 24 accidents have been reported on this road stretch and maximum number of accidents happened due to the faulty design of the road and careless attitude of the PWD engineers, assistant engineers, contractors and sub-contractors.
On June 26, 2011, the Maina-Curtorim police had arrested contractor, Prakash Volvotkar and site supervisor, Mr Bansaab Rehman for their alleged negligence which cost lives. Offence was registered against them after four youth from Rumdamoll-Davorlim, Rafik Gaunde (29), Irfan Pirjat (28), Rehmatulla Kunnar (33) and Mulali Kapor (25) were instantly killed in their car when it rammed into the oncoming truck in the same lane, allegedly diverted by the site supervisor wrongly and without any prior direction at the sharp turn of Tembi. They along with the truck driver were later released on bail.
Even after the completion of four years and spending crores of rupees on this four kilometer Arlem-Ambora stretch, the PWD could not complete the land acquisition process and give a proper road. What instead the authorities did was to put the cart before the horse.
The PWD instead of widening the road properly, continued with its work haphazardly leaving sharp turns at several places on this stretch without land acquisition and as a result accidents are the order of the day and so also the deaths.
The villagers of Raia and Camorlim complained to the PWD engineers about the faulty design several times. They met MLAs, ministers and the frequency of their visits increased with all the seriousness as and when the accidents and deaths were reported on this road.
To pacify the agitating locals the government officials and elected representatives kept on passing the buck form one to another and too very conveniently.
After the accident on April 24, 2013, when the two youth from Ponda died on the spot at the sharp turn at Uzro, the District Magistrate, police, PWD, traffic police held a meeting and assured some measures which would control the accidents. They assured to put signages, markings on the road, speed- breakers, whereas the local MLA, Mr Alexio Reginaldo Lourenco raised the issue in the Assembly and he was assured to improve the road condition. But, till date, the situation has remained the same without any improvement.
After the accident, the road stretch has been hot-mixed. The motorists now speed up all the more which has put the lives of pedestrians to a greater risk while they cross the road.
“We will improve it. The land acquisition will be done soon,’’ assured the principal chief engineer, Mr J S Rego. When brought to his notice about the repeated accidents and deaths, he said, “I am aware of it, it will be done,’’ without assuring as to when it will be completed.
When his attention was drawn to the dangerous curves on the road stretch which may lead to deaths of innocent school children while they cross the road, Mr Rego said, “Some time is required to complete the process.’’ [NT]
Gold worth Rs 1L stolen at Porvorim
- Published on Friday, 17 May 2013 14:24
Several items of jewellery were robbed from the Rivankar jewellery shop at Defence colony, Porvorim totally worth around one lakh.
In the police complaint, Sanjana Revankar, 30, a resident of Assagao, said that on May 15 at 11:30am an accused person entered her jewellery shop with an intention of stealing.
While she was busy with the other customers, the accused stole a polythene bag containing 2 gold lockets of 12 grams, one mangalsutra 12 grams, 2 gold bangles 12 grams, 2 finger rings 5 grams, all worth 1,00,000 which was kept in the drawer. [TOI]
Ponda vendors procure vegetables
- Published on Friday, 17 May 2013 11:59
A day after the Ponda witnessed a shortage of vegetables that led to a sharp price rise, some vendors managed to procure them from the neighbouring states. They claimed that limited stocks helped bring down the vegetables prices. [H]