With the monsoon set to arrive in the state in a few days from now, there are fears in various quarters about waterlogging in the area between KTC bus terminus and Heera petrol pump as the construction waste of the third bridge over River Mandovi has apparently blocked the drains.
While officials of the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation said that the entire area from Heera petrol pump to Hotel Rego, including KTC bus terminus, has been cleaned to prevent waterlogging during monsoon, a visit to the area revealed that the construction waste is far from being cleared.
People feel that the uncleared debris lying at various spots in entire area from KTC bus terminus to Heera petrol pump may cause flooding. They want the gutters in the area to be cleared of the debris so as to prevent any eventuality of flooding.
The drains from Paulo inter-state bus stand till Heera petrol pump were found to be buried under the debris while on the other side drainages near the old parking area opposite is filled with filth. The work on clearing the debris has been haphazard and much of the debris is still to be cleared.
Speaking to this daily, the official of GSIDC informed that the work of clearing debris was being undertaken in coordination with CCP and Larsen and Toubro, the bridge construction firm.
“We have undertaken the work of cleaning drains for quite some time and we review the progress of the work every Friday. In the recent past we have undertaken construction of new drainages inside as well as outside the Kadamba bus terminus to ensure that there was no flooding during the monsoon,” he stated.
He said the GSIDC has provided with the required machinery, labour and support so that the entire area from Heera petrol pump to Hotel Rego was cleaned and that no flooding takes place. He added that the overall supervision is done by the former city MLA, Sidharth Kunkolienkar who coordinates between CCP and GSIDC.