Margao: Margao MLA Digambar Kamat while commissioning the work of constructing the traffic island, hot-mixing the roads and beautification of the areas surrounding the Power House circle also known as the Davorlim junction disclosed that there are plans to have a flyover to replace the existing rail overhead bridge at Aquem connecting to Rawanfond.
The work tendered at Rs 1.65 crore is expected to be completed within a year and the contract is bagged by RSB Construction. Besides the main traffic island, there will be three dividers constructed and beautified.
Zilla Parishad member Ulhas Tuenkar said that the junction is the entry to Navelim and hence once completed would be a big boon to the neighbouring villages and would reduce the number of accidents occurring there.
Digambar Kamat acknowledged that it was a long awaited project that was being planned for the last eight years and initially the island was prepared with drums on an experimental basis.
Expressing gratitude to the PWD officials who slogged on the designs and have agreed to incorporate new suggestions too, he also thanked the electricity department and water supply department for promptly shifting their lines to facilitate the road work.
“The circle will be a well developed one and will put an end to the current practice of using this area for truck parking in the night,” he said urging the people to also be responsive and ensure that the junction is not abused or misused.
Kamat also announced that development of the ring road from Apollo Hospital to powerhouse has also been tendered for Rs 3.55 crore and the work would start shortly. He said the road would be hot-mixed and there would be a jogging track on one side and walking path with benches to sit on the other side.
“With the work on the ring road completed there will be no place for people to dump garbage there as it is being done now as the whole area will be well illuminated,” said Digambar.
Golden Jubilee Fund: Digambar opined that Margao Municipal Council should utilize the funds it received under the Golden Jubilee Fund as soon as possible as those funds were given to create an asset for the municipality.
“It is unfortunate that some have utilized the funds while others have not and we had given quite a substantial amount and even promised to give more funds if the estimate for the asset to be prepared was more than what was given,” he said.
While A class municipal councils were given Rs 5 crore, B Class councils were given two crore and C class councils were given one crore. Margao by virtue of being an A class council had got Rs 5 crore and it had decided to build the multi-level parking building with those funds. [H]