After much tension, the hot-mixing work for all roads at Calangute from St. Anthony’s chapel junction,was launched. Calangute MLA Michael Lobo said that the entire Calangute-Candolim road right up to Baga is going to get a facelift.
The hot-mixing work is expected to be done in 10 days which was undertaken at a cost of 5 crores.
Along with Calangute, the road from Candolim church to Saipem and the road from Candolim to Nerul bridge will also be hot-mixed at the same time.
“The roads were in a bad shape due to digging for sewerage pipeline network and a lot of people had to face a hard time. Now the pipeline is complete; only a small stretch is remaining at Baga, so we are hot-mixing all the roads which had been dug,” MLA Lobo said.
These roads were dug up for sewerage work about two years ago and were left the same way ever since.
Michael Lobo said that a sewerage pipeline network was first proposed during the tenure of then MLA Suresh Parulekar. This was around 25 years ago when the Sewerage Corporation of Goa was formed with him as Chairman and Calangute sewerage network was the first project taken up. But due to opposition from Calangute panchayat, none of the MLA’s could initiate the work of the sewerage network.
“I’ve managed to get the work done,” said Lobo, who is also the chairman of the North Goa planning and development authority (NGPDA). He also said that the entire Calangute-Candolim road right up to Baga will get a new look.
The NGPDA is currently clearing the encroachments on the road setback area at Candolim. “After clearing, we will have parking on one side and footpath with underground drains on the other side. We will also do beautification of the area with murals on walls all over. There will also be dustbins every 30 metres, which will be cleared by 30 labourers provided by resorts in the area as part of their CSR (corporate social responsibility),” he said, adding that there will also be benches at regular intervals for locals as well as tourists to sit down.