Now, no large tourist buses in Calangute
The North Goa district collector issued a notification on Tuesday restricting the movement of large tourist buses in Calangute.
PI Nilesh Dhaigodkar, Calangute traffic cell, confirming the development, said big buses create traffic congestion on narrow roads, because of which the state government along with the village panchayat has made arrangements for parking of these buses in the fields opposite St Alex church.
Dhaigodkar said buses coming from Candolim are being stopped at the St Anthony chapel junction from where tourists have to walk to the beach. The other drop-off point is at the Baga circle near the old football ground, from where tourists have to walk to the beach, while the buses are sent to the parking area opposite the church till they are called back to pick up their passengers.
Calangute panchayat member Joseph Sequeira told TOI that the notification is temporary and is for two months, after which they will review the arrangement. "We don't have any space to park these buses," he said, adding that the panchayat will extend this to buses which ferry charter tourists from the airport to resorts in the coastal area. "The big buses which ferry passengers from the airport will have to stop at the parking lot opposite the church and we're going to ask the resorts to provide a shuttle service from the parking lot to the resorts," he said. The proposal is expected to be discussed at the monthly meeting of the panchayat next week. Once the proposal is approved at the panchayat, they will publish a public notice in the newspapers informing all hoteliers of the arrangement, he said. Hotels are expected to use vehicles like mini-buses for the shuttle service. Private bus operators may also be allowed to start shuttle bus services.
Calangute MLA Michael Lobo told TOI that the district collector's notification specifies that big buses should not enter the area because they have trouble turning in narrow roads and cause huge traffic jams that take a long time to clear.
The newly-created traffic cell at Calangute has begun a crackdown on vehicles parked illegally along the roads. [TOI]