Stating that the alignment of Karaswada junction below the NH66 was “faulty”, Deputy Speaker and Mapusa MLA, Joshua D’Souza said that the concerned authorities were seized with the issue and would soon come out with a concrete plan to ease the chaos faced by motorists during the peak hours at the junction.
D’Souza also said that work on the pending stretch of service road from Peddem junction to the Karaswada junction has got going and is expected to be completed within a month.
“There is a big issue at the Karaswada junction. Traffic is flowing smoothly on the NH66 but motorists using the service road and criss-crossing the underbridge at Karaswada junction below the highway are facing chaotic situations during the peak hours. We have been in constant dialogue with the highway authorities as well as the PWD highway and State highway to ensure that they have a holistic junction plan for the Karaswada junction to resolve the problem,” D’Souza said.
Motorists have a huge problem in negotiating the Karaswada junction during the peak hours between 8 am to 11 am in the morning and after 5 pm in the evening.
Vehicles coming from Panaji through the service road either move straight towards Pernem or use the underbridge moving towards Tivim and further up North. Similarly, on the other side vehicles coming from Pernem and Tivim either move towards Panaji or use the underbridge to enter Mapusa.
Invariably, all the vehicles coincide at the underbridge at Karaswada junction creating a huge traffic chaos during peak hours.
Serpentine queues of vehicles are witnessed on either side of the underbridge during the peak hours.
Residents and business enterprises located in the vicinity also face a huge problem as they get stuck due to the long queue of vehicles.
“The alignment of the junction is faulty and we are working a way out to ensure that the alignment is back on track for smooth connectivity of the junction. People face a lot of problem to move around the junction. The highway on the top is fine but down below people are facing a lot of problems,” D’Souza said.
He further said that the entire Peddem junction has also been a problem as motorists and pedestrians crossing the highway junction were prone to accidents.
“The balance work of the service road will be completed within 20 to 25 days. After the completion of the service road we can expect better connectivity at this Peddem junction,” he said.
The government has made up its mind to close the highway junction at Peddem for crossing once the service road is completed.