After a tragic accident at Curti where a speeding truck almost crushed a car at the underpass, locals in Ponda expressed their concern over their safety especially at the underpass junctions located below elevated road and the flyover of National Highway. Work is progressing in Ponda and the locals allege, PWD officials are moving ahead without considering the safety of locals that led to underpass turning into death traps.
For the last four years, the National Highway four lane widening work is progressing in Ponda and NH traffic has been diverted by the side of service road . Before construction of the underpass the vehicles coming on four sides of junctions could be noticed easily but after construction of flyovers and elevated roads recently on NH, crossing a underpass below it has become a risky matter.
No one is able to see traffic coming from right and left hand side while crossing underpass and further in absence of speed breakers and proper signboards the NH traffic proceeding on service road are almost speeding at a speed of 80 to 100 inviting accidents.
In Ponda currently four lane widening of Bypass road of NH passing from Curti to Khandepar and Dhavlim to Farmagudi are progressing for the past four years and there has been several elevated roads and some flyovers constructed. Now the traffic on NH currently passing through narrow service road is expected to pass slowly but according to locals most vehicles are almost speeding putting to risk the life of locals while crossing the junction at Underpass.
There is a need to install sign boards as well as speed breakers. Recently people watched a horrifying accident when a speeding truck hit to a car crossing the underpass at Curti and almost dragged and crushed the car. luckily the car driver was flung into the back seat and the lady doctor sitting next to the driver was trapped in the Car and timely effort by locals helped save her life and she was admitted to the GMC for injuries.
After this horrifying accident the locals are worried about crossing junctions at Underpass as nobody know when they would be hit by vehicles diverted vehicles of NH speeding on service road. According to locals till the National Highway work is completed and opened to public there should be speed breakers on service roads especially at underpass junctions that are located below flyovers and elevated roads on NH. [H]