The illegal stops by private bus operators at the foot of the Margao-Navelim flyover is beginning to take a toll on the structural strength of the bridge which has now prompted the authorities to wake up and take notice.
Highly placed sources in the PWD requesting anonymity informed that the flyover is not designed for vehicles to remain stationary on the bridge, however many a times traffic comes to a halt on the bridge for a long period of time.
The official said that this will affect the structural stability of the bridge if the private operators continue halting at the foot of the bridge and adding additional load on the piles.
The official said that the PWD have now erected signboards at the either end of the bridge warning vehicles not to stop after directions from the district collectorate in this regard. The official also informed that the traffic cell have been directed to crackdown on erring vehicles which make illegal stops to pick and drop passengers.
Further he said that the movement of traffic is hampered due to slow movement of private bus operators who make several illegal stops, the stops being de-notified adding that it is now upto the enforcement agencies to ensure that the illegal stops are stopped.
The road transport authority recently carried out inspection of the bridge which is in a dilapidated condition and the PWD had come in for sharp criticism due to poor maintenance.