JOAO SOUSA M | NT
South Goa district hospital building in Margao, which is in completion stages, is likely to be commissioned later this year, however, the lack of planning could prove to be a hindrance to the movement of vehicles to and fro the hospital.
As the PWD is yet to make a provision, ‘crossing’ of vehicles on the busy road stretch is going to be difficult.
The traffic cell has now written to the PWD drawing its attention to the problem that could arise once the 200-bedded hospital becomes operational.
A highly-placed source in the know informed that once the hospital becomes operational, it will see nearly 1000-1500 patients on a daily basis, besides several ambulances round-the-clock.
The official said that the hospital is located along the busy stretch and with sheer volume of traffic flowing all through the day, vehicles passing along the highway will have to be stopped each time an ambulance arrives or leaves the hospital.
The official also said that the lack of planning could also result in the number of accidents, especially, with pedestrians crossing the busy highway. He further stated that the western bypass is also away from being commissioned.
He said that just around 40 per cent of the work has been completed and it will take at least two years for it to become fully operational.
Till such time, he said, the motorists will continue to use the existing highway, and it will become extremely difficult for the traffic police or any other agency to control the traffic, especially, during peak hours near the hospital spot.
The official said that the traffic volume increases during peak hours as there is a school and a higher secondary in the vicinity and with the magnitude of traffic expected at the hospital, the situation looks grim even before the commissioning of the hospital.
He said that the PWD has two options at the moment-either to build a subway which appears to be the most practical solution or divert the traffic through internal roads.
However, no provision has been made for this and the question remains whether the PWD will be able to complete the subway in time before the inauguration of the hospital. PWD officials were not available for comments.