Parsekar firm on bypass for Kiranpani bridge

MAPUSA: The bridge linking Kiranpani in Goa to Aronda in Maharashtra is almost complete after 6 long years, however, local MLA and Health Minister, Mr Laxmikant Parsekar, is firm that the bridge should have a suitable bypass to facilitate movement of traffic and till then there are indications that the bridge may not be fully thrown open to the traffic.

When Mr Parsekar was in the opposition he had been consistently raising this issue that a bypass was the need of the hour for the Kiranpani bridge as once thrown open there would be heavy vehicular flow along this bridge but the then PWD minister Mr Churchill Alemao paid no heed  to this request and this has led to Mr Parsekar to first go ahead and seek a bypass road rather than throwing the bridge open to the public.

“It is but obvious that the bridge once thrown open to people would result in increased  vehicular  traffic and our present road is in no position to cope with this  traffic and this will result in accidents. Therefore, I feel that a bypass should first come up to divert  the traffic and only then we can think of throwing open the bridge,” he said.

Though the bridge has been built entirely by the Maharashtra government, the approach road on the Goa side had to be worked out by the Goa government.

It has taken 6 long years for this 300-metre bridge to be built. But, unfortunately as the Pernem  taluka has always  remained neglected, even efforts were not made to have a bypass for this  bridge which has now resulted in a situation that although the bridge is ready it cannot be thrown open for  traffic. On the other hand,  people are complaining that the ferry breaks down quite often.

Mr Parsekar not only feels that there should be bypass in Mandrem, but there should even be one passing through Siolim and upto Mapusa as this bridge would be short cut to neigbouring Maharashtra and vehicles would greatly increase. [NT]