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Mapusa crying for decongestion, new bus stand, Ravindra Bhavan

ARPITA SRIVASTAVA | NT

 

MAPUSA

Water woes, Ravindra Bhavan, traffic congestion, pending projects like the new bus stand, sewage project are some of the issues, which will be raised during the by-election in Mapusa constituency, scheduled to be held on April 23.

Over the years, various issues were raised by the people of Mapusa on various platforms. However, these issues are yet to be resolved. Following the demise of five-time Mapusa MLA Francis D’Souza, the locals must now choose another representative, who could resolve these issues.

One of the major problems that the people of Mapusa are facing is the lack of proper water supply. Mapusa constituency has a sanctioned supply of around 20 MLD (million litres per day) but despite this, the supply is less.  The problem is caused due to height issue, as reservoirs are located on a higher side as a result of which Mapusa does not get sufficient water. A dedicated water supply line from Assonora treatment plant to Mapusa of 700 mm running parallel to the existing line has been proposed. Besides this, even the condition of the existing water tank is in bad shape. New tanks are also proposed.

Despite the Mapusa citizens contributing hugely to the fields of drama and theatre, the artistes have been made to wait for a Ravindra Bhavan in the town. The demand for Ravindra Bhavan is a long-pending one and on various occasions, it has been raised by various sections of the society. The project is yet to see the light of day.

Initially, land was identified at Khorlim Sim for construction of Ravindra Bhavan and land admeasuring 8,000 square metres was also proposed to be acquired but later the process was stopped as it was felt that the land being acquired was not sufficient for a project like Ravindra Bhavan, which was supposed to be not only for Mapusa but for the entire Bardez taluka. It was claimed that the location at Khorlim Sim would create traffic congestion and the area lacked parking facility. Hence, the entire proposal was dropped. Subsequently, under a town and country planning scheme, a Kala Bhavan was proposed but till date nothing has happened as the entire scheme is in process.

One of the biggest issues faced by not only the people of Mapusa but the whole Bardez taluka is congestion in the town and lack of parking space. Whether it is traffic management or parking arrangement, Mapusa lacks both and nothing has been done to resolve these issues. Various places were proposed for making parking arrangement so as to decongest the town but nothing has been finalised. Another issue that adds up to the problem is the abandoned vehicles that continue to remain parked on roadsides thus creating obstruction to the traffic movement. Even a multi-storeyed car parking project, which is supposed to be a part of the proposed new bus stand project, is yet to take off.

The new bus stand is a much-awaited project for Mapusa. It was proposed several years back but is yet to see the light of day. The proposed plan for the new bus stand cum mutli-level parking has been finalised and is in process now and work is expected to start by year-end.

The first phase of the new bus stand cum parking project had begun in February 2015 wherein land-filling work was undertaken, as the area identified for the project was a low-lying one. The land-filling work was carried out at an estimated cost of Rs 1.32 crore for a total area of 23,000 square metres of land. Since then the acquired land is lying vacant without any activity. Presently, interstate bus operators use the area.

It has been around six years now since the Mapusa sewerage project had commenced. The project is yet to be operational. The work has slowed down due to lack of funds and several deadlines have been missed. The work had commenced in March 2013 and was supposed to be completed in three years. The project has been undertaken by PWD, and the work is being executed by contracted Simplex Infrastructures Ltd. The sewerage pipeline network is scheduled to cover a total length of almost 35 km in Mapusa. The project will primarily cover the city area while the outskirts will be left out. A final decision is not yet taken on inclusion of rest of Mapusa. The work on a treatment plant of 6.5 MLD which is coming up at Camarkhazan has been completed and currently testing of lines is in progress.

Garbage is also a major issue in the town which can be raised during the bypoll. Despite having its own land at Cunchelim, work on the treatment plant is yet to start. Mapusa municipality had made efforts to shortlist some company for undertaking work of the treatment plant but the proposal is pending with the government for approval. Even garbage collection is a major issue in the town, especially during festival time or holidays when heaps of garbage are seen along roadsides or junctions. Roadside dumping continues in the town despite an initiative undertaken by the municipality to convert the ‘black spots’ into ‘beauty spots’.

Mapusa market is one of the most organised markets in the state but it is also considered as one of the most congested markets, whether it is the municipal market or the recently constructed fish market or the vegetable market, which appears to be insufficient to accommodate all the vendors. Late former chief minister Manohar Parrikar had made a special budgetary provision of Rs 20 crore for redevelopment of Mapusa municipal market for which a number of meetings and deliberations were held and a tentative plan was also passed. However, it has been more than a year but work is yet to be started.

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