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Total 13 Major Roads across Goa Have Been Marked as Pitfalls by Transport Department

The daily accidents on the roads are not limited to the rash and negligent driving alone but the pathetic condition of the roads across
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Daily accidents on the Goan roads are not limited to the rash and negligent driving alone, but the pathetic condition of the roads across the state is supposed to be the major reason behind the people losing lives on the roads of Goa. RTO is doing their job efficiently by enforcing the law and order amongst the drivers and riders, but the Public Work Department is yet to meet the standards of the safe roads in Goa.

As per a survey report submitted by a consultant company called HAKS engineers, architects and land surveyors, 13 road stretches across the national highways and state highways have been identified as accident-prone zones. This consultant company was appointed by the Transport Department.

In a state-level meeting held on Monday at the secretariat, issues pertaining to road safety were discussed. Officials from the transport department, Goa Police and Public Works Department, among others, were in attendance.

The rampant increase in road accidents on National Highways connecting to nearby states

Director of Transport, Rajan Satardekar said that the company pointed out various unsafe routes. Some of them were Anmod to Panaji sector, Farmagudi to Mormugao border via Borim, Panaji to Polem, Cortalim to Mormugao and Panaji to Patradevi.

Along with the above, HAKS also mentioned routes from Karaswada to Valpoi, Assonora to Maharashtra border via Dodamarg, Sakhali to Keri, Borim to Margao, Borim to Curchorem, Dharbandora to Curchorem and Shiroda to Curchorem, needed repairs, and maintenance.

Satardekar said that the PWD should carry out the repairing and modification works according to recommendations made by the company.

He also pointed out that these roads have been identified by taking up accident data from the traffic cell and black spots have been marked for stretches where more than ten accidents have taken place.

The Supreme Court committee on road safety week had asked the State Government to intensify patrolling on highways as well as acquire more speed guns to challan speeding vehicles.

On a discussion about Road Safety Week, it was decided to rope in the Panchayats too.

Given the statistics, one person dies in a road accident in the state every 30 hours. Police also said that tourists, who do not always wear helmets, have also succumbed to injuries resulting from the accident.

Speaking to media persons after the meeting, GOACAN coordinator, Roland Martin’s informed media the state government has decided to hold road safety week from 16th to 22nd September in Goa. He further informed media that by 31st Oct 2019 the council had to submit its report to the center in regards to road safety measures adopted by the state government on National highways.

Goa Transport Minister, Mauvin informed media that the government was contemplating to set up artificial intelligence system on Goan roads, to book traffic violations. He also said that the government will take various measures to decrease road accidents in the coming days.

It is not alone the major national highways in and around the state that is unsafe but even the city roads across all the major cities in Goa are in highly pathetic condition. There is a need of strict implementation of the safety measures by the government by providing the safe roads to the taxpayers of Goa and in absence of that, the Government should bear the cost of any life loss in Goa here onwards.   

Source: TOI | Heraldo 

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