Students face risk at unmanned Alto-Dabolim junction


VASCO: A 15-year-old student of Keshav Smruti High School, Alto-Dabolim was critically injured after a speeding car knocked him down near the junction recently.

The victim has been identified as Karan Nilkant Lamani, a resident of Zuarinagar. He is studying in Class IX, and was standing at the junction after school hours to cross the four lane highway and board a bus, but a speeding car knocked him down, injuring him critically.

He was immediately referred to the Goa Medical College (GMC) and Hospital, Bambolim and is said to be unconscious due to severe brain injury. The Vasco police are investigating the case.

A demand was made by the management of Keshav Smruti High School to deploy a traffic police at the junction to monitor and regulate the traffic movement after the school hours, in the afternoon but due to the lack of staff, the Vasco traffic cell had written to the school that they could not provide staff at the junction, which is also an accident prone zone.

The school management also had requested the state government to provide KTC buses on a concessional basis exclusively for the students, but till date nothing positive happened on that front.

The lives of students are at risk at the unmanned junction.

Around 500 students from Zorint, Birla, Zuarinagar, Hollant, Bogmalo, Upasnagar, New Vaddem attend the school, but due to the absence of transport facility they have to suffer a lot of inconvenience.