PANAJI: North Goa District Magistrate has imposed a ban on digging & cutting all types of roads, including National Highways, State Highways, Major District roads, Road-Shoulders, lanes, thoroughfares etc., during the monsoons from 01/06/2023.
The Order issued by the DM states it is expedient to impose a ban on digging and cutting all types of roads, including National Highways, State Highways, Major District roads, road shoulders, lanes, thoroughfares etc., during the monsoons as these activities pose an imminent danger and disruption to the life of motorists, pedestrians and the general public;
“The adoption of immediate preventive measures is necessary to ban all the activities mentioned above to ensure public life and safety,” the order states.
Hence, the DM has imposed prohibitory orders.
As per the Order, no person, agency, organization, Government Department, local body,
Public Sector undertaking etc. shall undertake any digging or cutting of any of the public roads and its shoulders, including on all the city & village roads, without prior written permission from the undersigned.
“Provided that this prohibition shall not be applicable to any road digging done by any government public utility service providing departments such as electricity,
BSNL and PWD for urgent repairs of electric cables,
telecommunication cables & pipelines also digging by local bodies for repairs of roads and for diversion of water in emergency cases shall not attract restrictions contained in this Order,” it says.
Further, it says any person, agency or department etc. contravening this Order will be liable for punishment under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.
This Order shall come into effect from 01/06/2023 and shall remain in force for 60 days.