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Confusion at Cortalim junction as traffic diversion comes into force

25th June 2019, 03:18 Hrs

the goan I network


Confusion prevailed among motorists as authorities  effected closure of the stretch of highway between Cortalim junction and  Santrant slope for the first time on Monday from 11 pm.  

Motorists were taken by surprise and many were still  unaware of the traffic diversion between Verna-Titan junction, Dabolim  junction, Chicalim junction and Cortalim junction, as part of ongoing  work to erect the spine and wing segments of the superstructure of new  Zuari Bridge approach towards Cortalim side.  

The traffic diversion will be implemented for all traffic,  except all emergency vehicles like ambulance, fire, etc. between 11 pm  and 7 am from June 24 to October 15.  

Teams from Verna and Vasco as well as Traffic Police were stationed at both ends of Cortalim Junction and Santrant slope.  

In the absence of sufficient traffic diversion signboards  intimating motorists well in advance, the motorists were seen proceeding  towards Margao after crossing the Cortalim Circle, only to be told to  stop and take the traffic diversion towards Chicalim and Dabolim  junctions.  

Traffic Police were seen explaining to several unsuspecting motorists about the traffic diversion.  

A manager at an industrial estate at Verna was seen  interacting with the Traffic Police, explaining that about 200 staff  were to begin their third shift at night and were unaware of the traffic  diversion.   

The manager pointed out that the long diversion to reach  the Verna industrial estate would lead to a 30-minute delay, causing  losses in production and pleaded for exemption on Monday night. 

The  Traffic Police, however, did not pay heed to his requests.  

Many motorists seemed upset over the long traffic diversion  via Chicalim and some tried to explain to the traffic police that they  were proceeding towards their homes barely a few hundred metres away  from the traffic diversion boards.  

The Traffic Police then advised the motorists to proceed towards the Cortalim ferry point and proceed towards Thana.  

In a bid to about the long traffic diversion, many  motorists began attempting shorter internal roads to proceed to and from  Margao.  

Some employees working at the Verna Industrial Estate (VIE)  and living in rented rooms in Thana were told to walk up to the  Cortalim circle, where a company bus would pick them and take them to  the VIE, via Chicalim and Dabolim.