Vasco is all set to ring in the Saptah celebrations from August 3, even as traffic, parking and garbage issues have yet again come to haunt the municipal authorities like every year.
However, this time the new Mormugao Municipal Council chief, Leo Rodrigues, who was elected in June 2022, is confident there will be no issues with parking and traffic during the Saptah period.
Not only that, the new MMC chief added he will resolve the parking problem of the whole port town once and for all, a claim made by successive councillors at the beginning of their respective terms.
Cities like Panjim and Margao have a pay-parking system in place which tends to generate additional revenue for the local bodies. But, unfortunately, Vasco has been lacking in this aspect, even though it went from a planned city since the colonial time to the haphazard state that it presently is in.
A few years back there were plans to convert certain areas of Vasco into pay parking. The main objective behind this initiative was to bring order to the parking of vehicles so that traffic congestion was reduced. Sadly, all these ideas and assurances have remained on paper.
Vasco's tryst with parking and traffic woes has been a long-drawn one, but the Lord Damodar Saptah compounds these further. The situation turns worse when people from nearby villages come for the festive shopping.
Main thoroughfares like the F L Gomes road and Swantantrapath turn narrow due to double and haphazard parking. The lack of synchronisation between the traffic police, Mormugao Municipal Council and PWD is the major reason for this chaos.
The Vasco Saptah celebrations last for about a week. However, the stalls selling different items that are set up continue to operate beyond this period.