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‘Proposal for reconstruction of Corjuem-Shikeri footbridge under process’

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, replying to a Calling Attention Motion in the state legislative assembly on Wednesday, said that new proposal for reconstruction of the footbridge at Corjuem/ Aldona-Shikeri/ Mayem is under process and till the existing footbridge is reconstructed, the people should use the alternative Poira-Corjuem bridge, which is at a distance of 2.5 kms from the footbridge.

Earlier, Aldona MLA Glenn Ticlo brought to the notice of the House that the particular footbridge is in a dilapidated condition and has developed a number of holes on its walking surface, which is corroded. “The footbridge could collapse any moment and is thus endangering the lives of pedestrians and the daily commuters,” he added.

The Chief Minister informed that directions have been issued to close down the said footbridge for general public and barricading has been constructed on its either sides.

Replying to yet another Calling Attention Motion from the Canacona MLA Isidore Fernandes, the Chief Minister said that in view of the collapse of the recently-constructed retaining wall along the new highway/ bypass road, at Maxem in Canacona, he will write a letter to the consultant/ contractor, M/s M Venkatrao Infra Projects Pvt Ltd, who were issued related work order on December 4, 2015.

“I will also study the related contract agreement and take action against the firm,” he assured the House, stating that when the Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari will arrive in Goa, next month, this incident would be brought to his notice.

The project consist of construction of 3 major bridges at Talpona, Galgibag and Mashem and 4-lane highway for a length of 7.74 kms, at a total cost of Rs 189.88 crore. The particular work has been awarded by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) format as is done in all projects costing more than Rs 100 crore, throughout the country.

The particular retaining wall had collapsed on July 21, 2019.

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