Pending works to welcome food, cultural festival

For the much awaited launch of the seafood festival in its new avatar — the Goa Food and Cultural Festival – be prepared to spend long hours in your vehicle amid chaos and confusion to and from the festival — thanks to a major and inexplicable lack of coordination between two different government agencies. Even as the Goa Food and Cultural festival organised by the Goa Tourism department kicks off at the NIWS grounds at Caranzalem the Goa, massive digging to lay a sewer by the Public Works Department Division VI has blocked off a whole two lanes of the four-laned Dr Jack Sequeira Dona Paula-Miramar link Road for a stretch of nearly two kilometres reducing the wide, much-frequented bypass to half its original size. The PWD, which is carrying out the work has claimed ignorance about the plans of the Tourism department and has instead said that they had applied for the permissions well in advance even before the Food and Cultural Festival could begin. “We had applied for and secured the permissions from the various authorities including the CCP (Corporation of the city of Panjim) well in advance, before the Food and Cultural festival was thought of,” Principal Chief Engineer of the PWD J J S Rego told Herald. The Executive Engineer of the Work Division VI, Dilip Dhavlikar corroborated the view of the Principal Chief Engineer and further said that they were kept in the dark about the festival. [H]