It is on account of the gross dereliction of duty by the Public Works Department (PWD) that the killer Ribandar-Chimbel junction has claimed yet another precious life. A cyclist Devu Mardolkar was snuffed away on the spot by a speeding Kadamba bus at this junction which has been a death trap for far too long. Our departed brother Devu who was a labourer at the Corporation of the City of Panaji, had for the last many years been dedicatedly cleaning the streets of Ribandar.

How many more precious lives will have to be lost for the authorities to awaken? Ironically, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant regularly zooms across on this very road which sees heavy flow of traffic and chaos at the same junction which is very accident prone. It is about time that the work of this pending flyover is expedited in earnest. Will Mr. Property Sawant at least now please intervene?

At many busy intersections across Goa we see vendors and hawkers squatting and making the roads further chaotic. There is a need to relocate them to avoid accidents at these junctions.  Stray cattle and dogs even on the highways are also the cause for a lot of accidents. 

Proper road engineering to ensure safety is of paramount importance. The Government’s first duty and highest obligation is public safety. Safety does not happen by accident. It is the solemn duty of everyone to take their own safety and the safety of others seriously. Goa which is already known as a gambling, prostitution, drug and crime haven is not lacking behind as an accident destination too.

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