Ponda: Annoyed over difficulties being faced due to the diversion, villagers from Khandepar and Verem-Vaghurme have threatened to block the road if traffic movement is not restored along the usual route from Monday. Authorities had assured that work would be completed within a week and that traffic will resume from Monday.
Following the landslide at Kerye-Khandepar on last Monday, authorities had diverted traffic to facilitate road workers in clearing the debris and reshaping of the hill from the existing vertical incline to slopy steps.
Sandip Parkar, a resident of Opa junction at Khandepar, claimed that travelling along the diverted route is a horrible experience owing to traffic chaos.
“Moreover, we have to pay Rs 30 to travel from Ponda to Khandepar via Verem-Vaghurme against Rs 8 for the regular route. Even students have to pay a full fare as bus conductors are not willing to consider half fare concession facility despite the rule in place,” Parkar said, adding that it takes a longer time to travel along the diverted road.
Dinesh Naik, a resident of Verem-Vaghurme claimed that increased traffic on the small village roads has made daily commute a risky affair. Naik said that the roads have turned accident-prone after an interstate bus knocked down a fisherman on Saturday.