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Chief Minister along with officials inspecting the ongoing Panaji-Old Goa bypass expansion work

Panaji-Old Goa bypass expansion in six weeks


PANAJI/MERCES : Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Wednesday informed that the expansion of the Panaji-Old Goa bypass along the Kadamba plateau will be completed within six weeks.

It may be recalled that the expansion of the bypass road had started in the month of October 2014 on the eve of exposition of the sacred relics of St Francis Xavier at Old Goa.

However, the work was delayed and the same caused inconvenience to the residents of the plateau as well as the commuters along the bypass due to dust pollution.

Parsekar, who inspected the ongoing work of the bypass late on Wednesday evening, earlier told the media that the work would be monitored on weekly basis. “The government will also release the funds for the same on weekly basis; Rs 5 crore per week,” he added, stating that as of now, the government is pushing the work ahead.

The 200-metre long flyover along the bypass and adjacent 13-metre underpass will consume little time but the road will be completed by December-end, stated the officials from PWD, adding, there are some hurdles in the road-widening work.

He said the flyover will take nearly two years to complete while the road will be completed by December-end or before the International Film Festival of India or feast of St Francis Xavier at Old Goa.

There are some more bottlenecks which the contractor will have to face near the Ribandar-Chimbel road bypass and at the Old Goa bypass junction where few houses are to be relocated.

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