Voicing his disapproval over frequent cutting of roads for various underground utilities, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has asked leaders of Calangute to systematic plan out works well in advance before undertaking road-widening projects at Calangute.
Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the garbage collection scheme for Calangute, Parrikar said: “I would appreciate if footpaths and roads are done by keeping in mind the sewerage line, water pipeline, electricity and telephone cabling besides, gutters while developing or repairing roads in Calangute,” said Parrikar.
“We have witnessed frequent digging of roads which should be avoided by systematic planning while widening or re-doing the roads. I don’t mind giving financial assistance for development but it should be well thought and systematic planning,” he said.
“The roads should be designed and planned for qualitative development through judicious spending and not in a hurry. Nothing can happen within 24 hours, but a thorough planned development can sustain for longer years,” added Parrikar.
“In fact, the road widening for the CHOGM road from St Alex Church should be done up to Sangolda but due to houses along the road we are forced to restrict it somewhere in Saligao. A four-lane road possibility could be explored from St Alex Church up to Saligao junction,” he said.
“The retaining wall can be done through GSIDC before the onset of monsoon while other developments can be taken up in August-September so that everything is in place by December 2013,” he added.
Earlier, Calangute Panch Joseph Sequeira brought to the notice of Parrikar that Calangute Panchayat has undertaken the filling of low-lying areas and requested the chief minister to construct a retaining wall for the proposed road widening from St Alex Church up to Reira Petrol Pump.
St Alex Church Parish Priest Fr Cypriano Da Silva requested Parrikar to take up the road widening taking into consideration the hardships being faced by the inmates and nuns at the Old Age Home and Convent. [H]