Tiracol and Keri residents have demanded urgent repairs to the ferry point as it has been causing great inconvenience to commuters.
The stall owners at the ferry point informed TOI that due to the deposition of sand at the site, vehicles have a great difficulty in using the ferry.
They also said that due to the rush at the ferry point, because of the narrow roads, there are several instances of tourists fighting with the ferry staff. On New Year's eve, a ferry staffer was also assaulted by Karnataka tourists, they said.
"Everyone tries to rush into the ferry and due to deposition of the sand, vehicles get trapped and it leads to traffic jams. The narrow road leading to the ferry point also adds to the woes. The residents have demanded that the ferry point should be repaired.
"There are daily incidents of traffic jams at the ferry point, because vehicles get stuck in the sand as the ferry berths much before the ramp during low tide," said Anand Parab, a shack owner.
"There have been at least 20 instances where we have had to intervene, leaving our business and pull out the vehicles or manage traffic everyday," said Vinayak Kaskar, a hotel owner.
The authority concerned has dumped stones and sand at the site for the repairs, but the work is yet to be commenced.
In fact, the stones kept at the site for repair work have ended up causing more inconvenience to motorists, said Parab.
Shack and hotel owners told TOI that they have put up a traffic sign board at their own cost to avoid the rush at the ferry point.
"When we guide traffic, tourists, under the influence of alcohol, pick up fights with us. There has to be traffic police or a guard manning the ferry point at least during the tourist season when there is a rush to visit the Tiracol fort," said Kaskar.
When contacted, Keri sarpanch Francis Rodrigues said that work on repairs of the ferry point has already been sanctioned and will be taken up soon. "I will take up the matter with the local MLA and panchayat minister, Laxmikant Parsekar, to start the work as early as possible," said Rodrigues. [TOI]