‘Improper’ hill cutting poses risk to lives of motorists

VASCO: The ‘improper’ cutting of the hill near the Cortalim junction may pose risk to the lives of motorists travelling along the Cortalim ferry road stretch.
A visit to the site revealed that a large portion of the hill has been cut, without a proper gradient, to widen the road stretch leading to Cortalim ferry point.
Recently, the traffic heading towards Margao and Vasco from Panaji was diverted through the widened stretch, following constant traffic jams at Cortalim junction.
The stretch is also utilised by the traffic heading towards Loutolim via Cortalim ferry point.
The hill has been cut almost vertically and could lead to landslides, thereby posing risk to the lives of the motorists.
When contacted, Minister for PWD Ramakrishna Dhavalikar said that “the state government will take up every possible measure to prevent landslides at Cortalim junction, thereby ensuring safety of the people, including motorists.”
“It is the responsibility of the state government to construct a retaining wall and take whatever other preventive steps needed to ensure safety and security of the people,” he said.
“The state government has made a provision to construct a retaining wall. The DBL has been directed to take proper care to prevent landslide at the hill cutting zone. The retaining wall will be constructed ahead of the monsoon,” he added.
He said that the state government is working overnight to divert traffic from Margao and Panaji through a shortest possible route by taking into confidence all concerned authorities and also local panchayat bodies.
“The panchayat bodies and the people should support the development projects which will benefit Goa and Goans at large. The new Zuari bridge was a distant dream, but it is going to become a reality due to the financial support from the BJP-led government at the Centre and Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and also from the good wishes from the people from all parts of the state,” he said.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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