State yet to make land, funds available for railway flyovers

Nearly a decade and half after the commissioning of the Konkan Railway line in the late 90’s, Konkan Railway Corporation had proposed to construct as many as five flyovers at five different locations at the level crossings in Salcete on cost sharing basis. The flyovers, however, will see the light of the day only if the Goa government makes available the funds and the land for the purpose, reports Guilherme Almeida

The ball lies in the court of the Goa government as the Konkan Railway Corporation is ready to construct as many as five flyovers over the railway tracks in Salcete taluka. The cost of the flyovers is estimated around Rs 117.77 crore which will be built on 50:50 cost sharing basis with the state government.

The flyovers are proposed at the railway crossing near the Damodar College, Margao, Davorlim, Seraulim, Majorda and Utorda.

The KRC has already submitted a detailed proposal to the state government not only for sharing the cost of the flyover on a 50 per cent basis, but to acquire the much required land for the purpose.

Says KRC Sr Public Relations Manager, Baban Ghatge: “The KRC proposal has gone to the Goa government. The government has accepted in principle to accept the proposal which will give relief to the common man at the railway crossings”.

Ghatge, however, maintained that the state government should not only make available the funds, but set the process in motion to acquire the much needed land for the construction of the approach roads to the flyovers. “Without acquisition of land, it will be next to impossible to build the flyovers. The responsibility now lies on the PWD to acquire the land in question at the earliest and hand over the same to the KRC for construction”, he added.

Incidentally, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar during his recent meeting with KRC Regional Manager Linga Raju and Ghatge has promised to give green signal to the flyover proposal at the earliest. The Chief Minister has also promised to acquire the land in question for the flyovers.

Questions, however, are raised in certain quarters over the availability of funds for the flyovers in view of the financial constraints facing the state.

KRC officials said the state government has promised to release part money for the project around December, but a clear picture will emerge only by the year end.

Demand for flyovers at railway crossing in densely populated Salcete, especially at Margao and Davorlim, have been the long pending demands of the local populace over the years.

The demand has taken the centre stage due to frequent closure of the railway crossings with the additions of trains running on the Konkan railway tracks.

Though the KRC have built subways as depository works at the level crossing at Margao and Majorda, they have failed to serve the purpose, especially during monsoons. [H]