The continuous high-speed traffic at the Porvorim- Mapusa highway is giving nightmares to the pedestrians. Since after getting down from the Panjim Bridge, there is no red-light up till Coqueiro circle, the speed of the traffic is very high and the flow of the traffic is continuous.
In fact the traffic coming from Nerul and Reis Magos also merges in before Mall De Goa. The worst hit stretch is between the petrol pump next to Delfinos and Mall De Goa. Those who get down from buses at Teen No. Building Bus Stop sometimes have to spend as long as 20 minutes to cross the road. For senior citizens, the situation is tougher. Their movements are slow and the traffic is on full speed, showing and raising hands for people to stop and slow down, they somehow manage to struggle their way through from one end to another.
Mohd Shahadat, who commutes by bus and works in Gopal Nagar says, “In evenings it sometimes takes me 15-20 minutes waiting for the traffic to slow down a bit to cross the road. Even when I sometimes drive a two-wheeler, this stretch is particularly dangerous. The traffic is coming at so much speed and because there is no red light, it doesn’t even slow down”.
To make things even worse, there is a patch of digging work going on just opposite Mall De Goa, which results in to a choc-o-block situation in the peak hours. Sadly no traffic or police personnel are seen guiding the traffic to ensure a smooth flow.
Kuljeet Kaur, a senior citizen who resides in Porvorim and often comes to Delfinos for shopping expresses her distress,” Whatever time of the day I come, crossing road from Delfinos to the bus stop while going back is a mess. During evenings and nights its even worse, the high speed of vehicles and the bright beams are almost blinding and make it difficult for old people like us to cross the road”.
“We are short of staff, when the staff is assigned other duties, we are unable to place them everyday to control traffic. Nevertheless, a request has been sent to PWD last Friday regarding the same and placement of ATC signals are suggested. Pedestrians can control these signals and they can press the button to stop the traffic when they want to cross the road. We are surely looking into the matter and some actions will be taken soon”, said Dy SP Traffic, Porvorim It’s becoming both risky and dangerous for common people to cross these roads and could lead to mishaps if something is not done about it soon. [H]