Deputy speaker and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said the state government would have to reconsider the proposal for a bypass road from Calangute to Sinquerim if the arterial Calangute-Candolim road was to be decongested. Lobo recently told reporters that a bypass road traversing interior areas of Calangute and Candolim had been proposed in the draft outline development plan (ODP) by the North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA), but was ultimately dropped from the notified ODP 2025 after farmers and citizens expressed concerns over it cutting through fields. “Looking at the traffic and constant congestion, the bypass is the only solution as the existing Calangute-Candolim road cannot be widened further. Traffic is going to keep on rising and if the bypass is not built, it is going to be a major problem in the coming years,” Lobo said. He also said the bypass would have to be built on stilts so that agricultural activities were not affected. “Around Rs 300 crore will be needed for land acquisition and construction of the bypass on stilts. Funding will not be a problem as it will come from the Centre under the coastal tourism circuit development scheme,” he said.
12 illegal stalls removed from Calangute roads
The Village Panchayat of Calangute removed around 12 illegal stalls along the Calangute- Baga road, Tito’s lane and at Sauntavaddo as part of their drive to keep the coastal belt free from obstructions and illegalities. With the help of a crane the stalls removed to clear areas for parking, free movement for pedestrians and to ensure smooth flow of traffic. Speaker Michael Lobo has taken the initiative to get the footpaths cleared and areas along the main road of vehicles, boards, handcarts, gaddas and encroachments. The panchayat had earlier cleared 100 odd illegal signboards and more than 70 abandoned vehicles lying around in the village. Calangute Sarpanch, Shawn Martins informed that they are implementing the orders laid down by the Collector to clear everything that is obstructing the footpaths and vehicular traffic flow in the area. “As part of this drive we are clearing abandoned vehicles, signboards, stalls and handcarts that are causing inconvenience to the tourist as well as locals. When we began discarding the illegal stalls many handcarts and other vendors operated illegally started dispersing. The drive will resume again in the New Year,” Martins said. Also an active part of this clearance drive that started in November is the ZP Member, Dattaprasad Dabolkar and other panchas.