Potholes Of Roads Became An Issue In The Assembly Elections

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Potholes of roads became an issue in the assembly elections

By: S F Munshi

Published: 12 Oct 2021, 01:49 AM IST

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Potholes of roads became an issue in the assembly elections
Attack on Aam Aadmi Party and Congress government
– Demonstration of Congress workers sleeping in the potholes of the roads
Panaji
The potholes created by heavy rains in Goa have become the subject of political criticism as well as social media memes.
Over the poor condition of roads with potholes during monsoon, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday urged the officials of the Public Works Department to ensure that not a single pothole is visible on the state roads till November 1.
Sudin Dhavalikar said, I challenge the Chief Minister to fix all rural, major district, district, internal roads, state and national highways, if he gets all roads repaired, we will also support him.
Dhavalikar raised the challenge after Sawant, at a function organized by the PWD, asked the officials of the department to ensure that potholes on all roads in the state are rectified by November 1.
Pradeep Padgaonkar, former general secretary of Goa Aam Aadmi Party and ex-journalist, uploaded a video on social media saying, “Hello friends, if you have any work from me from November 1, come home to meet me.” I will not be seen on the streets from 1st November.
Congress workers earlier this week staged a protest by sleeping in potholes on major roads in Goa to highlight the issue of poor roads, especially potholes.
Congress leader Meghashyam Raut was arrested for holding a unique sleep-in protest on potholed roads at Bicholim in North Goa district.
The protest was a part of the Youth Congress’s statewide photography program, the Spot the Pothole Competition, which invites entries in the form of pothole photographs.
In the past few weeks, videos of civilians digging cement pits to repair roads in their respective areas are also going viral on social media.
However, Goa’s PWD Minister Deepak Pauskar has condemned the attempts to malign the government by using the condition of the roads as a ploy. He also accused the critics of the government of increasing potholes to exaggerate the condition of the roads.
Some people have taken pictures and videos and zoomed in on them to enlarge the size of the craters, Pauskar said. this is not right. The government is serious about fixing these potholes. By December, all the roads in the state would be made afresh.
The issue of potholed roads and poor maintenance of infrastructure is particularly expected to arise, with the state holding elections in early 2022.

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