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Flyover at Margao crumbling! KRC directed to conduct audit

Dy Collector ALSO directs PWD, NH to submit detailed plan for repairs

Story: the | goan | 13th October 2017, 06:59 Hrs

Taking cognizance of the state of affairs of the Margao flyover, Deputy Collector, Margao Uday Prabhudesai on Thursday directed the Konkan Railway Corporation to conduct an audit of the near two-decade old flyover.
Further directions were issued to the PWD, National Highways to prepare and submit a detailed plan of action for the repair of the flyover.
The Deputy Collector took the decision at a meeting held on Thursday in the presence of the social activists Roland Martins and Lorna Fernandes, who had drawn attention of the authorities to the dilapidated condition of the flyover connecting Margao to
"The KRC cannot abdicate its responsibility towards the flyover structure though the repairs and maintenance of the bridge falls within the domain of the PWD," Deputy Collector Uday said, while seeking to know from the KRC, senior officer, Public Relations Baban Ghatge whether the Konkan Railway had conducted any audit of the structure since its commissioning in the late 90s.
The Deputy Collector also sought to know from Ghatge whether the Konkan Railway has put in any disaster management plan in the event of the collapse of the flyover on a running train or moving buses. "The authorities have to be ready with a disaster management plan to tackle any eventuality. They cannot abdicate their responsibility," the deputy collector said, while directing the KRC to submit the audit report as well as the disaster management plan in the event of any eventuality.
Similarly, the PWD has been told to come out with an action plan for the repairs of the flyover in view of the wear and tear and the potholes along the motorable road.


Dy Collector talks tough against non-screening of Cutbona migrants 

MARGAO: A Fisheries deputy director virtually threw his hands up expressing his inability to get migrant workers employed on the fishing vessels at the Cutbona jetty for screening, but Deputy Collector, Margao Uday Prabhudesai directed the Fisheries department as well as the Velim panchayat to sensitise the trawler owners to get health cards for the migrant workforce.
The Deputy Collector also directed the Fisheries department to expedite the preparation of estimates of the proposed sewage treatment plant at the Cutbona jetty and the construction of the 50 toilets to tone up sanitation at the jetty.
"The Fisheries deputy director expressed his helplessness in cracking a whip against the boat owners, who have still not brought their workers for screening and to obtain health cards. This is not acceptable. It is the responsibility of the Fisheries department to ensure that the boat owners get their migrant workers for screening," Deputy Collector Uday Prabhudesai told the media after the meeting.
He said minutes of the meeting will be forwarded to the Fisheries Director and Secretary, adding that the District Collector, South Anjali Sehrawat and other district officials will soon visit the Cutbona fishing jetty for an on the spot assessment of the situation.
Velim Sarpanch Savio D'Silva, who is also the president of the Cutbona Boat Owners Union, was told by the Deputy Collector to use his good offices and ensure that migrant workers are screened for vector borne diseases. The Deputy Collector sough to know from Savio the number of migrant workers employed at the jetty, adding "Sensitise the boat owners on the issue and also maintain cleanliness at the jetty."