PANAJI: The Goa traffic police, which is seen issuing challans to the common man every day, has no more powers when it comes to dealing with the high and mighty.
Sounds strange but true; the DySP Traffic (North) seems to have surrendered before the mighty builder DLF Ltd whose vehicles have illegally occupied the service roads at Patto.
Instead of taking action and issuing challans, the DYSP Traffic has asked District Magistrate to take action and vacate the road.
“Some big Containers housing offices of DLF India and construction materials such as metal rods are kept on the service lane road outside the project site of DLF India, at DLF Plot No.35, at Patto Panaji Goa (Opposite Krishnadas Shama State Central Library Building), consequent to which general public has been inconvenienced as access of the road is obstructed for vehicular traffic,” said DySP’s letter to DM (North.
It says there is every possibility of serious Motor Vehicular accident and a loss of public life and property.
“Hence, a letter was sent to the Project Manager, DIF Limited Plot No. 35, EDC Layout, Patto Plaza vide No. PI/TRF/PAN/1157/2023 dated 19/06/2023 (copy enclosed) under intimation to CP
Panaii. District Magistrate, North Goa, requesting DLF Ltd to remove the containers, material from the public road and make the road for normal vehicular usage within 24 hours of receipt of the letter,” DySP says.
Further, he says, DLF Limited produced a copy of permission accorded to them by the Corporation of the City of Panaji vide No. 401/1/CCP/ENG/CONST.LIC/2022-23/VP/4126 dated 06/12/2022 for temporary usage of the service road/lane for 182 days (copy c: closed).
“It is pertinent to mention that despite the completion of the period granted for the usage of the service lane, the containers and materials are not removed from the service lane road and are causing grave inconvenience to the general public and motorists,” it says.
As such, a letter was sent to District Magistrate, North Goa, Panaji, vide No. SP/TRE/PAN/642/2023 dated 30/06/2023 (copy enclosed) requesting that the concerned authorities initiate action against DLF Ltd and vacate the service road for public usage.