PANAJI: It was not a normal Wednesday for the commuters entering the Porvorim-Panaji side as traffic snarls offered no relief. Commuters heading to work had to wait hours in traffic including emergency services like Ambulance.
Bumper-to-bumper traffic was witnessed right from the morning at Porvorim and along D B Marg in Panaji.
Entry into Panaji was restricted to just one lane, resulting in a massive traffic jam and forcing motorists to venture into Patto, Bhatulem and Altinho to escape it, thus blocking all the entry points.
The closer of Atal Setu for resurfacing has come as worst nightmare for the commuters heading towards the north. Authorities claim that the situation will be normalize post April 15.
Police were seen helpless in controlling the situation with heavy traffic flow in the morning hours.
With the government in a rush to spruce up the capital ahead of the imminent G20 meetin
gs, a failed planning management wad quite witnessed.
Goa is set to host some series of international events starting with G20. As part of the G20 summit, the state is gearing up to host eight meetings, including four high-level meetings beginning in April and going on till July. Tourism and power ministers of G20 countries will attend the meetings.
Goa will also host a summit of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) 20 in July.
“People missing flights, reaching late to hospitals, offices and homes and ambulances getting stranded has not been uncommon in Goa. The state government has failed to have a traffic management plan,” said a citizen.
While almost the entire panaji city is dugged for smart city work, laying of asphalt is ongoing in the places where digging had not taken place thus restricting the smooth flow of traffic along DB road.