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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

With just a fortnight to go, Goa's unprepared for Brics

COLVA: With barely a fortnight before the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) summit finale, the state government seems to be running against time to present a picture perfect image of Goa to guests.

Take the case of the Margao-Colva road, which was sought to be widened to four lanes.
The government had boasted about making it like the iconic Rajpath in New Delhi. To this extent, authorities had even initiated the work of removing encroachments and cutting trees along the 3.5-4km stretch.
As of date it looks like the government is running late in completing this ambition project.
Sources in South Goa administration informed that the road widening work had been taken over by the government and as such their job was to monitor its progress, and further opined that given the nature of work, 15 days was too short a period to complete the road in time for the prestigious summit.
The 4-laning of the stretch of road entails overhauling existing infrastructure both above and below the ground.
If electricity poles and transformers are to be shifted, water pipelines are also to be moved. The entire stretch has to be dug, soled, rolled and allowed to settle and then hot-mixed. The government does not seem to have the luxury of time at the moment to allow the settling of the backfilling.
The situation, though, is much better along the Colva to Cavelossim stretch of road where a large part of the final layer of hot-mix is complete, though many kilometres are yet to be covered. Sadly, in some places the hot-mix has peeled off and in some other places excavators have left gashes in the newly laid road.
The fire brigade has been roped in to help cut trees. Power lines and poles are being replaced.

TOI Goa News

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