NAVELIM: The Navelim road from the church to the Konkan Railway was widened to a four-lane road at a cost of Rs 8 crore to remove bottlenecks arising at the Navelim junction, only to serve as free parking for hundreds of vehicles especially four wheelers, while traffic police remain mute spectators.
A resident R Fernandes said, despite the road being widened to a four-lane to ease heavy traffic approaching from national highway-17 towards Margao and vice-versa, the widened road has not eased traffic and people continue to suffer as they have been doing in the past.
Cars are parked all along the 1.8-km stretch of road till the bridge on either side, and to make matters worse the roads have now been dug up for sewerage work resulting in long traffic jams especially during peak hours.
A shopkeeper requesting anonymity said the parking lots of complexes get full within minutes of shops opening as lot of space is lost because of the road widening. This has resulted in many shopkeepers themselves parking their vehicles by the side of the road.
Another citizen Cynthia Dias said, traffic moves at snails pace despite being a four-lane road as public transport makes unauthorised stops in the middle of the road as one side of the lane is blocked with parked cars. She said there have been several accidents on this stretch of road.
Maria D’Souza said parking is a major problem on this stretch of road while Navelim has developed at a rapid pace due to spillover from Margao town, shops and business establishments have been set up all along the road. As result vehicles have increased rapidly and customers have no place to park their vehicles, hence they park on the road. The Margao traffic cell officials were not available for comments.