PWD halts faulty Quepem road-widening


The Public works department (PWD), Quepem, has stalled the road-widening work at Cotto-Amona, after Frederick Pereira, a local advocate, lodged a complaint about its inconsistent nature.
Pereira complained to the PWD that the road-widening works are being carried out without a technical point of view; it is inconsistent and has arbitrary alignments having dangerous obstructions to the public on the whole stretch.
Pereira, in his complaint, further stated that the PWD has taken up the road-widening work of the road leading from Cotto-Amona junction to Kolleamodd'ddi, Quepem, but failed to shift the electricity poles and few trees which are still intact along the stretch of the road under progress. 'The said stretch of the newly-prepared road surface was almost taken up for tar-laying without shifting at least eight live electricity poles in its path besides trees and other trunks of the chopped trees,' stated Pereira, in his complaint.
Pereira, an alert local resident who has been involved in social activism and a regular user of the road, took serious cognizance of these state-of-affairs and complained to the PWD, Quepem, stating that the road tarring work cannot be taken up without first shifting the electricity poles and the trees as it would cause accidents endangering and jeopardizing the safety of motorists. He further complained that since the land-filling was done post-monsoon, and the mud is yet to settle down, it would cause depressions and sinking of the tarred road, further causing accidents leading to potential fatalities.
Speaking to TOI, Pereira said that no public road should have obstruction of this nature and the concerned PWD engineers ought to know it well. When contacted, Vasudev Gaude, assistant engineer, PWD, said that he had instructed the Quepem municipality to shift the electricity poles before the road could be tarred. Quepem municipal council chairperson Dayesh Naik said that the council had passed a resolution to shift the electricity poles. "As soon as the funds are sanctioned, we will direct the electricity department to shift all the poles," he said. [TOI]