ARPITA SRIVASTAV | NT
Traffic chaos at Siolim-Marna church junction is one of the major issues in the village which the panchayat is yet to resolve. Be it peak season or off-season, traffic congestion at the junction is witnessed throughout the year as it is a meeting point for three major roads, which is a point for onward journey for vehicles coming from Mapusa and Anjuna.
The traffic, which proceeds towards Pernem, passes from Mapusa via Siolim-Marna, which is one of the routes, and then take further route over the bridge.
Similarly, the tourist flow from Anjuna and Calangute also cross over at the junction to proceed towards beaches in Pernem taluka.
Over the last several years, the width of the junction has remained the same while the traffic flow has increased manifold. The roads in the village are also narrow and at many stretches cars and buses cannot pass together without slowing down.
A commuter Sanjay Gadekar said that “during peak hours-morning and evening, it becomes chaotic at the junction. The situation worsens when motorists especially the two-wheeler riders try to move ahead of vehicles in front of them by squeezing through spaces in between. It’s high time the authorities had widened the junction or planned a bypass.”
Another local C Fernandes said that “firstly the junction is narrow due to which it gets choked during peak hours and to add to it, vendors occupy the road shoulders in the evenings. The authorities should widen the junction on priority basis.”
Another local said that “during season, traffic flow increases as tourists prefer the village roads to proceed to Arambol, Keri beaches in Pernem and, hence, traffic snarls are witnessed everywhere.” When contacted panch Sylvester Fernandes said, “previously initiatives were taken by the panchayat to increase the width of the road but because of the kiosks at the spot things could not materialise”.
Sarpanch of Siolim Marna panchayat Fermina Fernandes said, “The panchayat is in the process of removing these carts due to which congestion is witnessed at Marna junction. In this regard, the panchayat has also received a letter from PWD road section to take action.”