Goa : When the 7.4km-long, four-lane Canacona bypass road was opened for use in November 2019, it was a dream come true for locals. The Manohar Parrikar bypass road cut down travel distance for residents from Chaudi to Mashem by 15km.The Central government-funded project consists of three bridges, one of them at Mashem, which now, however, is turning into an annoyance for Canacona residents.Here’s why. The scenic view of the sea and a tiny natural island from this bridge has turned it into a popular selfie spot and viewpoint. Several motorists halt their vehicles here to capture the scenery, turning the bridge into a traffic hazard.
“Vehicles are often stopped right in the middle of the bridge, inconveniencing locals. Those using the road on a daily basis are finding this hazardous and troublesome,” said a local, Prakash Naik.Galgibaga resident Juanita Pereira said necessary signages have not been put up by the authorities to indicate that stopping on the bridge is not allowed. “It is high time the PWD erects some signboards to stop vehicles from halting over the bridge. Police should also be posted on either side of the bridge to keep the traffic moving,” Pereira said.
Loliem-Polem sarpanch Sachin Naik said, “Motorists are not permitted to halt over a bridge. Canacona traffic police is expected to fine any such motorists.”Poinguinim deputy sarpanch of Elda Fernandes said the purpose of a new, wide road is defeated if vehicles stop in the middle of the bridge, making travelling on the expanded highway stretch dangerous.Another local, Caitan Barretto said traffic police must crack the whip before any untoward incident occurs on this stretch.
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