PONDA: Two decades ago, Dhavlim – Farmagudi bypass on Ponda Panjim Margao road was constructed to solve traffic congestion in Ponda City. However, this bypass road with sharp turns always remained accident-prone and has taken many lives.
The GVM circle also gained bad publicity as a killer Circle as vehicles proceeding towards Margao while negotiating GVM Circle often Mets in accidents. So many fatal accidents took place, especially bike riders lost lives.
Some four years back, the bypass widened into a four-lane, but there are no improvements in Sharp turns.
The sharp curves become sharp while widening into four-lane. Thus vehicles often lose control and meet with accidents.
Two years ago, a crane driver lost control and fell off the flyover at Bandora Underpass and died on the spot.
Circle and the Sharp curves on the steep slope are an equally accident-prone zone of Dhavlim Farmagudi Road. Locals stressed the need for improvisation of this road to prevent growing accidents, including fatal accidents. The former Sarpanch of Bandora Rajesh Naik several times demanded with authorities to improvise GVM Circle, but it fell on deaf ears.
On 11 July, a traffic jam was witnessed on Dhavlim – Farmagudi road late evening for an hour after a container truck while proceeding on Farmagudi slope lost control on sharp turn, climbing divider went to another side of the land thereby blocking traffic on four-lane Dhavlim Farmagudi road. It damaged the electric pole and partitions.
The truck, too, suffered significant damages. Luckily driver escaped with minor injuries. There was no untoward incident, and the driver also escaped with minor injuries.
According to locals, the Farmagudi slope is difficult to negotiate due to sharp turns, and earlier several accidents had occurred, including fatal.