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Traffic woes  and scary tales

Traffic woes and scary tales

Traffic congestion has become the order of the day. NT BUZZ spoke to the Goan populace to gauge the severity of the situation over the past few days

VENITA GOMES I NT BUZZ

Over the past few weeks, commuters, tourists and locals travelling to and from South Goa, especially, over the Zuari Bridge have had nightmarish experiences. Traffic police have been on their toes manning traffic and dealing with the public’s disappointment. From making it late to work, missing flights, appointments and more, the past few days has given people terrible experiences on this route. Whining, yelling, alighting from vehicles to help direct traffic are just some of the things people have done, whilst waiting for the beeline to move. NT BUZZ brings forth the woes of commuters who spent hours on this route

Ordering food from the bus

Travelling to either side of the Zuari Bridge has become a nightmare for commuters. On two such days, Saturday and Monday, I had the worst experience that left me stranded for nearly three hours. Fright crept in when the bus suddenly came to a halt in the middle of the bridge, knowing the sorry state of the bridge it was very scary. As I reside in Cansaulim we have around three special buses in the evening taking the inner route to Margao but during those horrifying days the buses were delayed for over an hour with only one bus left to our rescue and got home only by 9 p.m. This bus had my whole bunch of travel mates who shared in the situation. The only fun part was when the bus made a long halt on the highway at Agacaim, and much to our delight the local ‘choris pao’ stalls came to our rescue. Our hungry tummies were satisfied as we could very easily buy our choice of snacks, all this while still in the bus!”

Bonita Dias, admin in-charge, Don Bosco Oratory

Strolling and yelling

This was probably the Monday, August 13. I had taken a local bus to college and when I learned that the traffic was not going to move. This got us passengers frustrated. Some were so bored that they started strolling in the bus. People were having random conversations like the ‘chai pe charcha’ kind. While there were some students of nearby colleges trying to solve the issues but they were so loud, it was irritating. Also, the riders and drivers nowadays are quite irritating when they don’t maintain their given lanes. They try to make the two lane road into a four lane one by trying to ride wherever they get place if it’s even the footpath.

Dipika Kumari, student, Vasco

 

Three hours of sleep and holiday at work

I travel regularly but the traffic scene along the Zuari route is really getting crazier day-by-day. I have been reaching home really late. The journey that would take me 40 to 45 minutes from Panaji to Margao now takes 2 to 3 hours. When I, like the rest, got stuck in the traffic I just sat back, plugged-in my earphones and listened to some music while the rest of the passengers complained. I was much relaxed because I got a holiday because I posted traffic pictures and videos to my boss and the continuously flashing news also served the purpose. It was also not a holiday as such, because the location was not conducive.”

Ryan Fernandes, service, Margao

Food at rescue

It was one of the worst journeys I have experienced so far in Goa. I don’t usually travel to Margao but this time it really made me think whether I should ever take this route again? It was a Monday, we were leaving from Margao around 3:30 p.m. and when we were approaching the Cortalim junction, the driver stopped the bus and we were shocked to see the huge line. People started getting down and started walking for nearly three hours; the movement was at a snail’s pace. When it was evening everyone was hungry and then a couple who had some food started distributing to the other passengers in the bus. The biscuits were such a relief. We could not do anything, even if we wanted to stay back in Margao, the road and the buses were jam packed. We reached Mapusa around 8:30 p.m. that day.”

Ellee Fernandes, Fashion Designer, Mapusa

Potholes and lane changers

“There are too many potholes and people don’t maintain the lane which causes the rushing traffic to slow down, the traffic cops are mere spectators and don’t even try to regulate the traffic properly and the funny part is that they stand with challan books.”

Allen Alcacoas, service, Cansaulim

 

 

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