PONDA: Consider this Irony, teh Ponda taluka has four Ministers in a 12-member Cabinet, yet the taluka craves a full-fledged quality bus stand.
Irked by this pathetic condition of the bus stand, the POnda locals have set a 15-day deadline for roofing of KTC Bus Stand or face agitation in peak monsoons.
Locals pointed out that the commuters have been facing hardship for one year with no roofing to the KTC Bus stand.
Ponda locals, including the Goa Forward Party leaders, today protested and criticised the Government for neglecting to complete the renovation work of KTC Bus stand Ponda, which has been in a pathetic condition for the last year. \
Goa Forward Leader Durgadas Kamat, Ponda social worker Viraj Sapre and PoP leader Pramod Sawant briefed the media on the Government’s total failure.
Durgadas Kamat said Government should conduct an event for the roofing of the KTC Bus Stand.
He said if the Government organised any event of Rs 1 or 2 Crore at the KTC bus stand, then it help roofing on KTC Bus Stand.
He condemned and protested against the worst conditions and incomplete renovation work of the KTC Bus Stand and also warned to stage agitation in the rain. He criticised four ministers for failing to complete KTC Bus Stand’s pending work.
Kamat said he had written to the Chief Secretary on pathetic condition.
He said IMD predicted heavy rainfall in the next few days.
“Students and women commuters use bus stand, and it would be difficult for them to stand in these rains. The repair work needed just fifteen days, but unfortunately, it is not teh priority of our ministers,” he said.
He said the sad part is the four ministers of Ponda Taluka are also not concerned about the people.
“There is No action despite the letters. Chairman tells us to talk to MD. Who should we meet now?” he asked.
Kamat suggested Krishi Mahotsav-like event can get shade for the KTC bus stand.
“CM should conduct an event like Janata Malamal,” he quipped.
He added that the work pace is slower than the IPL cricket slow-motion replay.
He said the Goa Forward MLA Vijai Sardesai will raise the issue in the July assembly session if work is not completed.
Viraj Sapre said it’s nine months have passed he highlighted the issue.
“Roads in Ponda cave in nobody follow the guideline. The four ministers are just for the namesake. At least one minister should have visited the KTC bus stand. They are elected by people who are now suffering. With the rains starting, the roads will be flooded,” he said.
Pramod Sawant said he is associated with NGOs like Road Safety and POP.
He said there is no politics, and they have come together for the public interest.
He questioned the repairs of potholes, no street lights at KTC Bus stand and why ministers can’t hear the voices of people.
He also criticised road digging in monsoons.