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Construct bypass first, Tilamol locals step up demand after latest fatal mishap

CURCHOREM: A special meeting was convened at the Quepem deputy collector’s office on Thursday   to discuss about the mining transport in the backdrop of the fatal accident, involving a truck at Tilamol-Quepem on Wednesday, that claimed life of two women.

The agitated people were in no mood to accept suggestions put forth by the deputy collector Shankar Gaonkar and unanimously demanded that the bypass should be constructed first and then the mining activity be resumed.

Quepem mamlatdar Prataprao Gaonkar, Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral, Sanguem MLA Subhash Phaldessai, ex-minister Prakash Velip, CCMC chairperson Vishwas Sawant Dessai, councillors, Quepem municipal councillors Raul Pereira and Amil Kanekar, Quepem DySP Sammy Tavares, Curchorem PI Ravindra Dessai, Curchorem traffic PI Edwin Colaco, directorate of mines assistant director Manuel Barreto, mining company representatives, transport contractors and several others attended the meeting.

Deputy collector informed that Rs 2 lakh each will be provided to the families of the two women who died in the accident at Tilamol.

When asked why the process of construction of bypass road, which had started in 2012, was stopped, Curchorem MLA Cabral said that the contractor, who had started the Kalay bypass work, abandoned the project. However, he said the work will be re-tendered soon.

He further said that acquisition of land for the bypass from Coopwada to Shirwoi could not be completed as some part comes under the forest land.

He said a special meeting of the representatives of Curchorem Cacora Municipal Council and panchayats in Curchorem constituency will be held soon, and he would accept the resolution passed during this meeting regarding the mining transport.

Sanguem MLA Phaldessai said that “I am with the people and not connected to mining activity in any way. No mine owner informed me about the commencement of the mines.”

Councillor Raul Pereira informed that a resolution will be passed not allowing mining transport through the town. Some people present at the meeting said that if the ore transportation is started it will be blocked at Tilamol.

When someone asked deputy collector about the court ruling that the ore transportation from Caurem via Ambedkar Chowk should go to Xelvona jetty, but presently the ore trucks move to Khamamol jetty, he said he would study the judgment and act accordingly. He said that speed breakers will be constructed at required points and strict action will be taken against the erring truck drivers and also their owners.

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