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Traffic signal goes blank at Holy Family Church turning junction dangerous

Porvorim: The junction near the Holy Family Church at Porvorim has become a dangerous spot especially during the night as the signal on both the sides of the road have stopped functioning for the last few days.
With heavy traffic plying on National Highway 17, the junction near the Holy Family Church has become a deadly for pedestrians as well as vehicles due to non-functioning of the traffic signal.

The vehicles plying between Panjim and Mapusa and vice versa as well as those coming onto National Highway 17 from the internal roads are facing a serious problem of crossing due to the non-functioning signal lights. This junction itself has turned into a complete mess and due to the heavy traffic flow and the locals find it difficult to cross the road here and have to wait for several minutes before managing to hop across the road.

When contacted, Dharmesh Angle, the DySP Traffic Cell North, said that “To fix the issue, some underground cabling work needs to be undertaken. The technician has informed that he is waiting for a dry spell to carry out the said work. For the time being we will be deputing some staff at the location.”

A commuter, Melissa Fernandes said, “The signal here was very helpful as this is a very busy road. I hope the department concerned gets it fixed at the earliest. There is also need for such signals throughout the NH-17 and NH-4A as well.”

Another commuter Savio Pereira said that the traffic road signal has been out of order for the last few days as such the junction is witnessing major traffic congestion. To prevent accidents, some alternate arrangement should be made till the time the traffic signal is fixed.

When contacted, Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte said that he was aware about the issue in his constituency. [H]

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