Panaji: A day after a youth died and three others were seriously injured in a major road accident involving eight vehicles at the Chimbel junction along the Ribandar-Old Goa bypass, the authorities on Friday decided to install traffic signages as an instant measure to stop mishaps.
Subsequently, road stretch on either side of the junction will be widened. Signages mentioning the area as accident-prone area, steep slope, along with speed limit on both sides of the road, will be installed.
On Friday, North Goa Collector R Menaka chaired a meeting of officials from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), police, RTO and also the Chimbel panchayat members at the Collectorate building in Panaji.
Directing officials to take immediate steps in order to stop accidents from occurring at the location, the Collector asked NHAI officials to submit a compliance report in seven days.
The Collector said that there is no pending litigation regarding acquisition of land on either side of the Chimbel junction. She also assured support to NHAI to take possession of the land, which has been already acquired. “With immediate effect, we have directed (NHAI) to install the necessary signages. Also, alternative arrangements will be made for widening of the road. Land has already been acquired,” she said.
“The NHAI will take immediate steps for widening of the road,” she said. “With this, we expect that the accident-prone zone will be regulated and taken care of,” she said.
Four-laning of the road is pending on either side of the junction and the delay has been attributed to the issue of land acquisition.
The Collector said, “We have found out that there was an issue of land acquisition (Chimbel junction area). Land has already been acquired but its possession has not been taken over yet by the NHAI. So, the district administration has extended its full support for taking over possession of the land. Once possession of that land is taken, we expect the work on that stretch to improve.” The Collector also said that the deployment of police personnel and the use of speed radar at the location is being analysed.
Earlier in the day, officials from the district administration, police department, RTO and NHAI conducted a joint inspection at the Chimbel junction.
Villagers have threatened to block the national highway if the authorities do not provide a favourable solution to stop accidents from occurring at the junction.
“The signboards are not proper and one of the signboards installed to alert motorists regarding the accident-prone zone lies covered with tree branches,” said a villager.