Panaji, June 30, 2017 … Stating that the Government is making efforts to create infrastructure of international standards,Chief Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar has solicited cooperation of the people in the process of development and achieving the goal of strengthening necessary infrastructure, be it in the area of road, water supply and other areas of human endeavours.

Chief Minister was speaking after laying the foundation stone for the work of improvement of Old Goa-Karmali junction along Old Goa  bypass on National Highway NH4A by providing vehicular underpass and appurtenances at Old Goa in the distinguished presence of PWD Minister Shri Ramkrishana alias Sudin Dhavalikar, Minister for Power Shri Pandurang Madkaikar, MLA and Chairman of GSIDC Shri Deepak Pawaskar, Chairman of EDC Shri Siddarth Kuncolienkar, Shri Dharmendra Sharma (IAS) Chief Secretary at Old Goa today.

Chief Minister said that the Government is committed to provide better road connectivity in the entire state to regulate traffic. Sometimes when the work is in progress particularly in the area of infrastructure problems do arise and therefore people should follow proper traffic rules and discipline to avoid accidents. The number of vehicles registered in Goa is 8 to 10 times more compared to other states in the country he informed. He said the promises made are being honoured, and sought cooperation from the people of the state in its path towards progress.

The PWD Minister Shri Ramkrishna alias Sudin Dhavalikar said that for a developing state like Goa, roads and road transport play an important role in economic growth. The construction and improvement of roads brings a variety of benefits that are enjoyed practically by all the sections of the economy. He thanked the Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister for providing financial assistance for the project.

Shri Dhavalikar emphasised the need of better infrastructure for discipline traffic and lesser congestions. He said within a year time the work on six lane new Banastarim Bridge will be taken up to facilitate smooth flow of traffic. The Minister said that the Flyover across Chimbel creek connecting Old Goa to Panaji along NH-4A will be completed by March 2018.

The proposed work of providing vehicular underpass and appurtenances at Old Goa varying height from 5.71 m to 6.67 m including six lane vehicular underpass with two span of 30 mts each is for a total length of 60 mts, construction of road of 11 mtre wide of 750 m length on both side and service roads/ramps 7.0 m wide, length 1420 m. The estimated  cost of project  is Rs. 40 crore.

Shri Pandurang Madkaikar also spoke on the occasion.

Shri Dinesh Tare welcomed the gathering and later proposed a vote of thanks. PWD Chief Engineer Shri P.C Gupta, ZP’s, Panchayat members and others attended the function.


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