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Villagers angry over damage caused to Panjimol-Uguem road

Sanguem: The villagers commuting on the Pajimol-Uguem road are literally sore over the damage caused to the road by the contractor laying the water pipeline to Wadem village.The villagers said that the road from Pajimol to Uguem was black-topped some six months ago. However, the contractor, who is entrusted with the work of laying the pipeline for raw water supply to Wadem village from the Selaulim Dam, has dug the road from Pajimol to Uguem causing extensive damage to half the portion of the road.One side of the road is completely dug thereby making the motorists, especially two-wheeler riders, face untold hardships in using the one-km stretch from Pajimol to Uguem.
The situation is all the more compounded given the fact that the road turns slippery due to the fine mud. There are chances of two-wheeler riders skidding when applying brakes to avoid any eventuality.A couple of accidents have already taken place in this stretch which is dug by the contractor after a motorcyclist skidded on the slippery portion of the road. The motorcyclist, however, escaped with minor injuries.With the monsoon fast approaching, the condition of the road will be more precarious say villagers.Ironically what has irked the road users more is the laying of the pipeline by digging the road when in fact it could have been laid by the side of the road and through the portion of the road widening area which is acquired by the Government.
PWD Engineer (Roads and Bridges) Mr Dessai said that the damaged portion of the road from Pajimol to Uguem will be redone and restored to its original condition. The work is already tendered, claimed Mr Dessai. However, there are no possibilities of the work getting done before the monsoon as Mr Dessai claimed that road work will be done only after the completion of the pipeline by the contractor. [H]

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