MARGAO: In what could come as a welcome relief to the locals of Dharbandora, sub-divisional magistrate of Salcette Johnson Fernandes has instructed mining companies operating in that area to stop mining transportation through the village until the monsoons come to a close.
Speaking to reporters after chairing a meeting of the traffic regulatory committee on Wednesday, South Goa district magistrate Sandeep Jacques said that the decision was taken in view of the protests made by the Dharbandora residents who have been complaining about the threats posed by mining trucks, especially to the lives of school-going children.
"A review was also taken of the land acquisition process for widening the existing roads with a view to ease the problem of mining traffic congestion there. Instructions have been given to the concerned authorities to expedite the work," Jacques told reporters.
Taking note of the failure of certain agencies in restoring the roads at various places in Margao, after having dug them up for various works, the concerned authorities were instructed to restore the roads in a time bound manner. Action will be taken against those failing to complete the work in the given time frame, Jacques said.
PWD, fire services and local bodies were directed to ensure timely trimming or cutting of trees that are dangerously protruding along the highways, it was informed.
Taking note of the bottlenecks regularly witnessed near the Holy Spirit church and Presentation convent high school, it was decided to take up the matter with the parish priest and the school authorities with a view to thrashing out a solution to ease the bottlenecks, Jacques said.
As part of preparations for the inaugural function of the international film festival of India (Iffi) to be held in Margao later this year, Jacques said that the Margao municipal council (MMC) has been directed to effect removal of the hutments near the Osia complex so as to facilitate adequate traffic flow arrangements, it was informed.
MMC was also asked to carry out filling of certain low lying areas so that they could be used for parking purposes.  Taking note of the couple of fatal accidents that took place at Raia recently, it was decided to undertake re-designing of the stretch of the road, sources said.


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