Vasco MLA Krishna Salkar on Wednesday conducted an inspection of the spots near the IOC junction where long banners obstructing the commuters' visibility have been installed. Salkar assured that no banners that obstruct the view of the commuters and might invite accidents will be allowed anywhere in the city.
For the past two days, Vasco has experienced vehicular accidents, causing great concern among the people. On Tuesday evening, local activist Xencor Polgi uploaded a video on social media pointing out that the greed to earn extra money by a few individuals is causing great inconvenience to the people who regularly commute on roads that are full of banners and advertisement hoardings.
Polgi said that he had sent this video to the Vasco MLA and asked him to look into the matter. He said that as promised the Vasco MLA inspected the site and learnt that the banners installed at the roadside were blocking the view of commuters, causing accidents. He informed that on Tuesday evening two boys met with an accident because of these advertising banners.
Later, Vasco MLA Krishna Salkar told the media that satisfying one’s greed is not more important than anyone's life and added that he will not allow these sort of banners and hoardings, which obstruct the commuters, anywhere near the roadside.
He further stated that Mormugao municipality should consider dedicating an area where all the advertising hoardings and banners would be put up, thus letting commuters travel safely.
It may be recalled that two days ago the rash and negligent riding of a bike by two minors led to the accident in which one middle-aged lady lost her life. Police then implicated the parents of these minors in the offence.
Similarly, two youths riding a bike on Tuesday evening fell on the road because of the banners. It is high time that the local governing bodies give serious thought to making the village and municipal area roads safer for commuters.