Porvorim highway opened for traffic

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At long last, the stretch at Porvorim highway affected by the recent landslide was thrown open for vehicular movement on Sunday night bringing a sign of relief to commuters.
While work for strengthening the hill slopes with benching was completed late this week, work on the retaining wall at the base is still in progress.

Officials said that the remaining works would not hamper vehicular movement and vice-versa.While the initial plan was to open only one lane, efforts were on all day long on Sunday to clear up the second lane of the stretch so as to restore regular traffic circulation by Monday morning.

The services of the fire brigade were sought to flush out the dust and muck on the stretch which was completed only at around 7.30 pm today. The road was later thrown open at 8 pm.

The work was inspected by Additional Collector North Goa, Superintendent of Police Traffic, and Principal Chief Engineer Public Works Department.Officials also said that an exercise would begin tomorrow to clear out all the garbage dumped at various locations near the landslide affected site.

It may be recalled that the first landslide along the section of the Porvorim highway took place in the early hours of September 4 while the second occurred a day later.
Incessant rains and accumulation of garbage atop the Porvorim hillock were some of the factors that attributed to the twin landslides.

The closure of the section of the highway had disrupted traffic, especially during peak hours, as vehicles struggled to proceed between Mapusa and Panjim.The snail’s pace at which excavation work took place was evident as PWD Principal Chief Engineer Anand Wachasundar had initially estimated that the road would be re-opened to traffic within about 10 days.

To make matters worse, initial co-ordination between the traffic police and the PWD was dismal, evoking widespread criticism, besides causing confusion and traffic jams. Authorities were quick to revise their traffic diversion plan, which enabled better regulation of traffic during the month-long operations.

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  1. 1. mike on October 9th, 2007 at 12:53 pm

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