Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, work on the Seraulim underbridge had been stalled. However, on Saturday, Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao laid the foundation stone for the project costing Rs 10.60 crore that aims to bring relief to commuters that have to wait long periods of time to cross the railway line.
Speaking at the site accompanied by PWD officials as well as Seraulim panchayat members and locals, Alemao said the work was put on hold due to the pandemic but added that it would greatly solve the problems of the people.
“The railways had already started the work on the project but because of the lockdown and the pandemic it was put on hold. This project is a requirement since people have to wait long periods of time if a train is passing by. It had started when Parrikar was Chief Minister and Suresh Prabhu was railway minister and finally the sanctions have been received. It will cost around Rs 10.60 crore, of which Rs 7 crore was given by the state government and the rest was the railway’s share. We are hopeful that the work will start soon,” he said.
PWD executive engineer Prasad Panandikar also informed of plans in place to prevent flooding of the underbridge during the monsoons. “The plan is to install a double box system like that which is installed near the Damodar College, but it won’t flood as much here. In case of flooding, we have also put in provisions for a pump to remove the water,” he said.
Seraulim panch members and sarpanch Domingos Fernandes thanked the Chief Minister, PWD, railways and the MLA for their support and help in granting permissions for the project.
Meanwhile, Alemao also said he was unhappy with the reopening of the SGPDA wholesale market. “I am very unhappy with the market opening. The court had given order to open but social distancing and testing of the fish is not happening. Even in the assembly I had objected due to the number of cancer cases. These are not fish from our waters. It is coming from Haryana and TN and I had asked for the FDA officer Iva Fernandes to be brought there to test for formalin in fish,” he said.