Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar expressed dissatisfaction over the quality of construction of a concrete road from Miramar to Dona Paula, and stated that the Chief Secretary would be asked to appoint a consultant and submit a report within a fortnight.
The Chief Minister inspected the under-construction concrete road amidst reports in the media about the road having developed cracks. After inspecting the road, the Chief Minister sought to know the reasons for the cracks that have developed.
Stating that he was dissatisfied over the reasons given by the contracting company – M Venkatarao Infra Projects Pvt Ltd, Parsekar said “I would ask the Chief Secretary to consult the best technical agency, and submit me the report in 15 days. Neither the PWD nor the GSIDC will be involved in this evaluation; it will be a third party evaluation.”
“What I am worried about is whether the lifespan of 50 years of the road, that was assured, will be affected due to the cracks. This is my only concern, for which I am assigning the task to the Chief Secretary to take the most efficient technical hand in the country and submit the report,” he further said.
“If any remedial measures are suggested, they would be binding on the construction company,” he added.
Refuting to comment on the claim by some companies that the Goan climatic conditions were not conducive for concrete roads, Parsekar said “This road was a test case. Compared to tar roads, concrete roads are much costlier, and at the same time more durable than the tar roads. Tar roads’ life is 5 years while concrete roads’ durability is 50 years.”
“A road of permanent nature is very important,” he said, adding, making available several civic facilities are a part of the project and hence the work is progressing at snail’s pace.
A representative of M Venkatarao Infra Projects Pvt Ltd, putting forth his argument, said, “The brick chambers do not contract or expand. But, the concrete contracts and expands accordingly. Therefore, one of the reasons for the cracks is the contraction of concrete near the chambers which is a normal phenomenon.”