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Incessant rains lead to water-logging at Calangute, Candolim

CALANGUTE: The furry of the monsoon has led to stagnation of water along the Chogm road from the Calangute border to Taj Sinquerim causing inconvenience to pedestrians, tourists and school students as the PWD has failed to construct gutters along the main road.
The Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) had carried out the road widening works along the Chogm road but after the work was completed, it failed to construct gutters resulting in the blockage of cross drains and gutters.
When the Calangute panch Joseph Sequeira had questioned the PWD on the haphazard work, Prabhudessai informed that the chief secretary had passed a circular to the PWD to ensure that there is no water logging in the area and residents are not put to any inconvenience. He said that the circular has been issued under the disaster management act. However, it is unfortunate that the PWD has not taken cognizance of the water stagnation in the area.
The headmistress Regina Fernandes of Vidya Niketan High School Calangute, stated that water is stagnated near the school causing inconvenience to pedestrians, school children and motorists.
The headmistress further pointed out that the children coming to school get drenched, when water from speeding vehicles splashes on them. She said the girls have to wade through knee deep water to come to school.
Regina said that the school had complained to the Calangute panchayat who did the needful in digging gutters near the road. The headmaster of St Joseph High School, Calangute Bro Apoli D’Souza said that vehicles move at high speed during the monsoons resulting in water splashing on school children. He said that two-wheelers are also at high risk of an accident.
The ex-sarpanch and present panch of Candolim Fermino Fernandes when questioned about the stagnation of water along the Candolim Road, Fermino said that during the earlier government the PWD contractor was assigned the work of constructing footpaths along the Candolim main road. The contractor abandoned the work half way as he was not paid.
Speaking further he said that the present government has constructed footpaths but failed to construct gutters.

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