Women from South Goa’ mining belt have threatened to paralyse the movement of mining trucks, if the State Government fails to solve the traffic problems in their area within 10 days. The residents of villages from Sanguem taluka have been facing severe traffic problems for many years.
Ekvat Society, a conglomeration of 18 women organizations in the state has given a deadline of 10 days to the authorities to act on the same. It has also given a memorandum to various authorities in the state including Chief Secretary, Transport Director, Police Department and even local Dabal-Kirlapal village panchayat.
Ekvat Society Chairperson Suvarna Tendulkar said if the traffic problem is not solved within the time limit given, they would be forced to take to the streets and block the traffic.
Tendulkar informed that due to the High Court order, mining transport starts from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. While driving, they drive alongside making parallel lines which results into traffic congestion, she informed and added that this affects students, office goers, etc who use the regular public transport system.
She also pointed out that the mining ore transporting trucks are parked on the roadside thereby shrinking the width of the road for other users.