MARGAO: Margao MLA Digambar Kamat on Tuesday informed that pay parking places will be identified in Margao city, as he held a review meeting with regard to the traffic issues of the city.
He also said that all the abandoned vehicles from the city will be removed immediately. Besides, Margao Municipal Council chief officer Ajit Panchawadkar, South Goa Traffic Deputy Superintendent Prabodh Shirvaikar, South Goa Road Transport Enforcement Deputy Director Vinod Arlekar and all the concerned authorities including the representatives of rickshaw associations were present at the meeting. The meeting was held at South Goa District Collector office.
"As discussed in the meeting I have instructed the concerned officers to once again identify the pay parking places in Margao city. Pay parking is the need of the hour not to collect the money but for the sake of traffic discipline amongst the people. In recent years there has been a huge increase in the number of vehicles in Goa. And it has resulted in a major traffic congestion issue,” Kamat stated. Kamat also informed that there are areas are already allocated for the parking and he has requested the concerned authorities to re-study the matter.
Reacting to the question with regard to Goa Miles taxis, he said, "As per the meeting held by Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant, it was decided that Goa Miles taxis have no permission to enter the Konkan Railway stations. But, despite this those taxis are seen parking inside railway stations at Margao, Tivim and Karmali. Goa Miles has no approval to do so. Konkan Railway authority has already allotted the places to the taxi stand and taxi owners are paying the fees,” he added. He further informed that there nearly 50 vehicles are spotted abandoned in the city. "I have instructed the concerned authority to remove those vehicles,” he said.
Digambar also said, "There are already 10 lakh tender sanctions for the supply of signages in Margao. All those signages will be erected and MMC will help the authority.”
When asked about the pay parking project of MMC he said that under the scheme of Golden Jubilee Fund then government had sanctioned Rs 3 crore to Margao Municipal Council and they had proposed to build a multi-storage pay parking project. At that time we have also instructed that if any civic body finds short of fund for a major project then they can approach the government for more funds. It may be recalled that the multi-storage pay parking project of MMC is pending for the last many years.