CANACONA: As if the 33 illegal speed breakers existing on the NH66 from Polem to Margao were not enough, four more illegitimate speed breakers have surfaced at Barcem and Padi creating hurdles for smooth movement of vehicles on this stretch of road.
As per the supreme court’s ruling the speed breakers existing on the National Highways which hamper the free and fast movement of the vehicles are to be removed but the PWD National Highways in their own wisdom has knowingly or unknowingly allowed the construction of four more speed breakers in Barcem and Padi.
Sources informed that the PWD water supply, through an authorized contractor has installed a drinking water conveying pipeline along the NH66 from Balli till Barcem.
As most of the residential houses from Balli to Barcem are located on hills water was a huge issue for the residents and they had to depend on springs for their water requirements.
Now after the pipeline is commissioned, the locals say that at last they will be free from the difficulties they faced for drinking water and will get potable water at their doorsteps.
While laying the pipeline the contractor had to cut the road as the pipe had to be taken from one side of the road to the other and after laying the pipeline the contractor has not repaired the dug portion commuters complain.
At all the four locations where the road was dug the contractor has cast concrete but the concrete has either washed away or it is above the road level and is creating a hazardous situation for the motor vehicles locals say.
The dug portion at Barcem bus stop all along the width of the road has been laid with concrete and has attained a convex shape akin to a speed breaker.
The other three spots at Padi and Chedwa Sanvor has witnessed washing out of the concrete and it has achieved a concave shape which is both dangerous to the commuters as well as the vehicles which pass over them.
Regular commuters are expressing anguish over the functioning of the PWD Highways as they have not shown any interest in asking the contractor to rectify the fault even after it was laid a month ago.
Locals feel that the PWD Highways officials don’t bother to check the Highway for any faults, either the elected representatives or locals have to inform them, there is no proper system in place or the system is not followed properly locals allege.
A local from Barcem on the condition of unanimity said that the PWD doesn’t allow road cutting or digging to locals but how come they allow the big contractors to do road cutting and escape without properly levelling the road.
Thousands of vehicles use this road on a daily basis and all of these speed breakers cause irreparable damage to the health of the commuters and not to forget about damages to the vehicles, many two-wheelers riders also lose control over their vehicles while navigating over these speed breakers complained another local.
There was a time the PWD and their contractors escaped with shoddy work but today the public is aware and expect quality work from both if this continues then the public will be forced to knock on the doors of the judiciary another added.
Till the PWD Highways wake up from their deep slumber and remove all of the illegal speed breakers existing from Polem in Canacona to Arlem in Salcete.