December is said to be the peak season in Goa as well as in Panjim with tourists flocking from other states due to the many activities & events happening throughout the month. With a large number of tourists this season, the small state is witnessing its worst traffic problems. Adding to this comes the bridge construction work, of the road leading to Zuari Bridge from Agassaim and Cortalim which has become a nightmare for motorists.
The bridge work is expected to be completed by December 2019. Since the bridge flyover has to be completed, there is no alternative and the stretch of the road between Cortalim Circle and Sharayu Toyota showroom will be full of cranes and heavy machinery lifting the girders and cement slabs to complete the six-lane bridge. Hence, due to the havoc caused by leading motor traffic & in the interest of public safety, Bridge contractor Dilip Buildcon Pvt Ltd, put up a proposal before the state Government on traffic diversion from Cortalim junction to Chicalim-Airport. The diversion will make travelling for people between Panaji and Margao an extra 22 km long drive for almost a year.
There are internal roads between Cortalim junction and Quelossim via Rasaim moving upwards towards Verna, while there is also an internal road between Cortalim and Verna via Sancoale which will be used in this case. But these roads are narrow and are simply unable to cater to the huge highway traffic.
The roads are so narrow at certain places, that two vehicles cannot pass each other and as such, this could cause further chaos and cause traffic jams and in the end, vehicles could get stuck for hours.
DISADVANTAGES OF THE PLAN ( panjim )
This might have a huge impact on the people travelling:
- Delays might make people late for school, work, appointments, and other important everyday activities.
- Businesses will suffer as clients and customers might find it hard to access them.
- It will be critical for Everyday emergencies like ambulances, rescue crews, and fire trucks to reach the destinations on time.
However, PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar said that no final decision has been taken with regards to the road closure from Cortalim to Verna. Dhavalikar said that it is only a proposal from the company as of now and no decision is reached.
In conclusion, the diversion would increase the travel on Verna-Cortalim-Panjim and vice versa route by extra 22 kms and cause immense hardships to the commuters. However, “Every good thing comes at a price so Goans may have to bear some issues pertaining to development and once these projects are completed life will become very comfortable” Dhavalikar said in a press conference.