OLD GOA: The National Highway 17 which connects Old Goa with South Goa district is in a pathetic state and calls for urgent attention from the authorities. The pilgrims from South attending the exposition of St Francis Xavier will have to bear the brunt of the potholed roads which has resulted in many fatal accidents.
The patches on the road have worn out at many places from Carambolim to Pilar via old Neura. The road from Greenlawn Kindergarten English School at Old Neura has also become accident prone due to the pathetic road condition.
The road opposite Assosim fields, Laxmi Bar and Restaurant, St Mathew’s church is also ridden with potholes.
The vehicular traffic on these potholed roads move at snail’s pace. The increase in the number of speed breakers on the national highway has also resulted in traffic jams.
Rains have also exposed the bad condition of many interior roads in South Goa. While some roads have developed potholes, some roads have been washed away.
As a temporary solution, the PWD officials had put in stones at some potholes but this measure has backfired as the stones have got exposed making the journey even more dangerous.
The pending work for these roads has sent a wrong signal that the works will be carried out after the exposition is over.
A motorist questioned as to whether the authorities are waiting for a tragedy to happen for carrying out repairs. Some parents have disclosed that they are afraid to send their children to school as the road stretch is in a total mess.
A resident Deodatto Rodrigues has informed that the condition of a stretch on the NH 17 is worse during the rainy season as water logging can be witnessed at many places.
The upper layer of most of the roads leading to Old Goa has also worn out making travelling dangerous. Some interior roads do not have proper drainages due to which a lot of mud gets deposited on the roads during heavy rains making the road slippery.
PWD contractor Thomas has informed that the road repair works will be undertaken soon by the PWD and all efforts are on to finish the work before the exposition of St Francis Xavier. The contractor added that the work has been hampered due to sudden cyclonic rains.
Francis said that the Carambolim road has been asphalted and efforts are on to complete all road works before the exposition.