Minister for Public Works Ramakrishna Dhavalikar on Wednesday carried out an inspection for an alternative route for effecting diversion of traffic proposed in view of Zuari bridge construction.
Dhavalikar carried out the inspection along with Cortalim MLA Alina Saldanha, principal chief engineer of PWD Uttam Parsekar and other officials of national highways.
Speaking to media, Dhavalikar said that “we have several routes in mind for diversion of traffic, but as per this alternative route vehicles heading towards Margao from Panaji will have to travel additional 4.5 kilometres from Cortalim ferry point to Kesarval via primary health centre of Cortalim and Velvado, while vehicles proceeding towards Panaji from Margao will have to travel additional 2 kilometres to Cortalim junction via Sancoale for which land parallel to the Konkan railway route will have to be acquired.”
He said this route looked suitable compared to other stretches of roads that have been thought of for diversion.
“PWD will finalise the drawings in another 4 days and the work on constructing the road parallel to the Konkan railway track from Verna to Cortalim will be taken up after obtaining NOCs from Konkan railway authorities,” Dhavalikar said.
“The final call on diversion of traffic will be taken by the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar”, he added.
With acquisition of parallel stretch of Konkan railway route, about 85 per cent work of the pillars will be completed without any hurdles, he said. “I will see that the required formalities for acquisition of parallel stretch of Konkan railway route get done with the help of railway authorities. Chief Minister Parrikar will also help us to get all NOCs from the Konkan railway authorities,” he said.
“Principal chief engineer of PWD Parsekar has already intimated the Konkan railway officials about the state government’s acquisition plan,” the PWD minister said, further seeking people’s cooperation to complete the construction of the ambitious new Zuari bridge project.
Meanwhile, when asked whether his brother Deepak Dhavalikar will contest the by-election from Shiroda constituency, PWD Minister Dhavalikar said, “Whatever decision taken by the MGP will be followed. We are soldiers of MGP and the party’s decision will be final.”
Cortalim MLA Saldanha, while briefing the media, said that “we want to commission the new Zuari bridge at the earliest. I am happy that we have almost finalised the stretch for diversion of traffic. It will reduce extra distance both ways- one way it will be just 2 kilometres and the other way it will be around 4.5 kilometres.”