NSUI GOA had organized a protest at Patto Plaza, Panjim today (15th July) demanding safety for the Goan commuters & planted a lotus in the potholes.
In the protest, their core goal was to highlight the shortcomings of the BJP government’s PWD ministers where he said that All pending Roads in goa will be done by 31st May 2021 with 10 years guarantee. “More than a month has passed and the roads are still not repaired,” said NSUI President Naushad Chowdhary
Naushad said even though Panaji is a smart city the roads are in dilapidated conditions and that BJP government takes out tenders every year to take 30% commission due to which road conditions are very bad. Also, he mentioned that the government’s excuse for the increase in the fuel prices is to in courage Electric Vehicles is a laughable and they’re are making a mockery of the people, further stating that to cover up the ill conditions of roads they might start giving tax cuts on boards and Kayaking. “Since roads are flooded with water government instead of repairing roads might give tax relief on boats and kayak” said Naushad.
“While developed countries are discussing AI and new technology we are still arguing about potholes” lamented Naushad
Naushad also asserted that during road safety week the government should assess the condition of road and not merely teach the public about road safety.
General Secretary Prasanjeet Dhage said that PWD minister Mr.Pauskar’s promise to Goans is gone down the drain and because of the media asking him about the promise he is giving vague reasons about incomplete work on roads.
He said that due to lockdown there is a void in the workforce and this void should be filled by Goans. “PWD minister who says work is incomplete because he is not getting workers during the pandemic should hire Goans and complete the work”
He further stated that in Article 38 of the Constitution says that the state shall endeavor to promote welfare by making political, economic & social developments but in Goa the state doesn’t even meet basic necessities like water, electricity & roads. He also said Who will be responsible for the safety of people in case of an accident? “The traffics police stop commuters if they don’t wear helmets and if questioned about road conditions they say that’s not a concern of their department. So the department responsible (PWD) should take cognizance of the same.”
Naushad has given 15 days ultimatum to Government to repair the potholes else they will come out in huge numbers on the road to protest.