Canacona: The Union Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Babul Supriyo inaugurated the bypass road to National Highway 66 in Canacona, on Friday, in the presence of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Power Minister Nilesh Cabral, Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Deepak Pauskar, Deputy Speaker and Canacona MLA Isidore Fernandes and Utpal Parrikar, son of former chief minister late Manohar Parrikar, and other dignitaries.
Officially naming the Canacona bypass road as ‘Manohar Parrikar Canacona Bypass,’ the Union Minister of State said that it was an honour for him to inaugurate the project that was conceived as a part of the vision for the state by the visionary, ex-defence minister and ex-chief minister the late Manohar Parrikar.
The 7.74 km four-lane bypass road connecting Char-rasta to Mashem in Canacona has 1.5 km elevated structure and 6.3 km of service road.
The bypass road is built at a cost of Rs 294 crore, with a civil work of Rs 227 cores.
The bridges on Galgibag-Mashem and Talpona rivers, along the bypass road, have a length of 1.5 km, and there are 6 underpasses for the local transport.
Addressing the inaugural function, Supriyo said that Pramod Sawant is working towards fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Goa.
“Road connectivity boosts the development of the state, and so the central government is giving a priority to infrastructure development in all the states of India,” he said.
Assuring that the central government will always support Goa, he said that all the projects that were sanctioned for Goa, and which are in different phases, will be completed in the next two years.
The Union Minister was in the awe of the scenic beauty as he passed along the three rivers, which are in the close proximity of each other, and compared the natural beauty of Brazil to that of Goa.
Being the Union Forest Minister, he said that he is working towards providing basic amenities to the people in forested areas.
He said that he became happy when informed that only 5 per cent of Goan households don’t have potable water and that the supply of potable water will be provided to these households by the government soon.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that this project is a part of the vision the former chief minister the late Manohar Parrikar had for Goa.
“Mopa Airport, Patradevi – Karaswada – Bambolim Road, Zuari bridge, Anmod highway, Khandepar bridge and other projects, which are in different stages, were planned by Parrikar for Goa,” he said.
The Canacona bypass will be a blessing for all as it will not only save travel time but also lives as the accident-prone zones will be near to zero per cent, he added. Sawant advised that the resources like beaches and forest should be judiciously used to generate income for the locals, and added that the government is working for the welfare of all.
He also informed that care will be taken so that people residing in the eco- sensitive zones and buffer zones will not be affected.
The Chief Minister, speaking on the scenic beauty along the bypass said that it is travellers’ delight, and thanked the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari for supporting the projects in Goa.
Sawant also said that “the trauma centre at the Community Health Centre will be upgraded,” and added that he “is aware of the difficulties being faced by the people of Canacona. All the issues will be solved in the next two years.”
As the local market and produce would be affected, the Chief Minister assured the people that suitable market places will be developed at Char-rasta and Polem for the benefit of the locals.
The PWD Minister said that the central government has sanctioned Rs 15,000 crore funds for various infrastructure projects likes bridges and roads, which are presently being undertaken in the state.
He said that all the projects would be completed by December 2022. Also speaking on the occasion, the Power Minister asked the people to support development in the state and informed that the electricity department is working on the underground cabling of 11 kV and 33 kV power system in the state.
The Deputy Speaker complimented all those who worked for the bypass project and said that “the dream of Canconkars has come true today.”
He also thanked the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant for supporting him in taking up the development works in Canacona, and told the gathering that Sawant is always ready to resolve the problems whenever he is approached by the people.
Chief engineer of National Highway Authority of India Umesh Kulkarni, chairperson of Canacona Municipal Council Nitu Dessai, Zilla Panchayat member Pushpa Ayya, ex-minister Ramesh Tawadkar, councillors, sarpanchas and panchas were present on the occasion.