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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

NH17, GMC, Subway & dangerous Shortcuts

New subway was inaugurated in Jan. 2009
Took about two years to complete at the cost of Rs. 7,18,28,955.94,
But it seems 3 in 5 people not using the subway and instead using dangerous shortcuts
as seen in pic and video

some pics
Busy spot for ‘hitch hiking’ (lift) for doctors/nurses and others both young and old

Here is car stopped for giving lift
Dangerous zone: needs ‘No Parking No Stopping’ Sign board here

the video in HD

Below posted from Archive:
Goa Medical College/Bambolim
One end of the road barrier is too close to the Main GMC gate
So people/patients prefer dangerous shortcuts to
Newly constructed subways
And that includes Medical students/staff etc which is their
hitch-hiking point too. Under the mango tree- see pic
(towards Cortalim/Margao/Vasco)

see what mean .. dangerous crossing
Another –the new road (left) not in use yet
New road (see arrow) not in use yet – opp. direction
The state of Old Bus Stop/Shelter (New Road in front still not is use)
both roads seen here

subway thrown open Jan. 2009
GMC Hospital, Roads, subways etc
The GMC Hospital Main Entrance/Gate
This is the view of the newly constructed Subways gates/Roads

It seems there is no bus shed or shelter to the Panjim bound Pax
Bus stop (open space) is to the right of the white car seen in the pic abv
Pax have to stand under the hot sun and soon it rains in Goa
Don’t know why the middle lane is still not in use despite throwing
open to public in last January

See the passengers boarding a KTC Bus

all pics taken on 29th May 2009

Prev. pics
Inside the subway ( shops still not allotted)
view from ourisde
The ministers names plate

Talking Photos: Inauguration of GMC subway
There are about 6 exit/entry points, including 2/3 wheelchair access etc
looks like the work done hurriedly, it was messy inside.
Monsoon has not started yet, water seen logged inside the drainage already
Ok, check this out..

Gate No. 1
Credit to Ministers etc

Underground (with 26 shops- 13 each side, not in use yet)

Now the question is,,
Will the public use it?
Or will it lie unused like that of Verna, Nuvem, Navelim Subways?

Update: 2013
It's now being converted into motorable subway
Work in progress



Peeing man

GMC entrance

Market opp


Sleeping paper girl

 A cow takes advantage
Cow eats the saleable flower garlands meant for god / Temple

 Temple and the cross

Video:  Conversion of subway..

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Wearing of Helmet compulsory on all Roads in Goa?

Two-wheeler Riders only:

Wearing of Helmet compulsory on all Roads..
Says SP Arvind Gawas (Traffic)

And I thought, wearing of helmets or headgears  are not compulsory in
City/municipal areas like Panjim.

I wish some traffic cops are permanently stationed at Ferry Point,
Up to 40 riders can be challanned  not per day but per
ferryboat trip.
i.e. 128 trips x 40 x Rs.100 =   Rs.5, 12, 000 per day
(Assuming av. 8 trips per hour up & down)

Funny side of the Helmet Rule is..
Only the rider should wear it?

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

How many more deaths Mr. Chief Electrical Engineer?

How many more deaths Mr. Chief Electrical Engineer?

No, I will not ask the same to Power Minister or Chief Minister as for them
Such deaths are  minor issues as they feel things can be patched up after compensating the
Family by a meagre amount of Rs. 2 lakhs per death.

But this death by electrocution  is very serious matter..
Gross negligence on the part of Power Dept Staff noted.

When the villagers saw the snapped wire, they immediately reported at the local section office
 by logging on the  complaint book.
Despite reporting, the electricity Dept. Failed to switch off the power leaving there for two days thus causing death of an innocent
young Arjun of Dhaukond Dharbandora on 8th May 2011

Power Minister, Chief Electrical Enginneer,AE, JE, Linesmen etc have serious explanation
to give in this incident as to why the power was not switched off for 2days?
What more? They were quick enough to join the snapped wire (not even replace by new one).
Worst part of it is 'No guard loops' provided throughout the section even after 11 days from the incident. 
As if the Dept playing with the lives of the people (pl see various pics and Video  here).

No employer's visit to the household (Father working for Salgaocars mines as watchman)
No MP or MLA's Visit (MLA Salgaokar),
No Power minister nor Chief minister  visited
No Chief Electrical Engineer nor AE or JE or linesman visited
No Patrakar or Media people visited
No financial Help received from anyone

Young Arjun was the only child. (An ITI Student)
What the parents must be going through?
As for me, I have personally seen the mother sitting in one corner and will not move or talk
God, Give courage to them to bear the loss

JoeGoaUk wishes to contribute upto Rs.10k 
if anyone or any Lawyer takes up this criminal case 
against Power Dept. They can’t get away all the time.

Following my above comment on Facebook, there was another matching offer (total 3 now) from another persons

The pics
Arjun Alias Abhay Goankar

The grieving parents

A cousin brother pointing out the spot where the death occurred

The overhead wire across the river / Stream
Pl note there are no guard loops

Close-up with little singing birds (can be heard from the Video)

Snapped wire joint

Over the river/stream
the deceased was on his routine early morning visit  (tooth brush also seen)
The house

the video Clip

Dharbandora is about 55 Kms from Panjim.
As we were first timers, we took the wrong route i.e. Usgao Heavy mining trucks route which delayed our visit by half a hour.
While coming back we came via Dhargal I think

Update: about 3 years later (29.4.2014)

Youth's death: 4 power officials booked for negligence

PONDA: Following the recommendation by the state electrical inspectorate at Panaji, Colem police have booked four electricity officials for the death of Sanjay Prabhakar Gaonkar, 17, from Dhavkond in Dharbandora three years after the incident.

Gaonkar, a trainee at ITI, Cacora was electrocuted in a stream on May 8, 2011. TVK Govindam, executive engineer; Remedio Fernandes, assistant engineer; Jagpalsingh Chaudhary, junior engineer; and Ankush Raghu Shilkar, lineman/wireman have been booked under Section 304-A of Indian Penal Code.

Three years ago, a live wire from electric poles across a stream snapped and remained in the water for two days. Gaonkar who had gone to the stream to wash his face, became a victim of alleged negligence. TOI
Extra: JoeGoaUK
Parrikar Govt recently enhanced compensation amount to kin of  those electricity employee who die on duty.  However, the compensation level of those civilians deaths due to negligence of Power Dept remains the same i.e. 2 lacs?

Another death by electrocution in Pernem: 31 year old woman this time

Another death by electrocution in Pernem:  31 year old
woman this time

Meet the two kids, who don’t even know if their mother is ever
going to come back

Their mother (on her wedding day)

She died here
In between the coconut tree and the well
The tumbler which she was carrying still lying at the spot
(White plastic bucket)
The overhead wires just been replaced with brand new ones
also seen

complete public well at the spot

old and worn out wires seen joined together

The entire affected line replaced with brand new ones
See arrow direction

This what the problem is (to the right of their house)
Loose/ hanging overhead wires with no protecting
‘guard loops’ underneath

Guard loops, that all is required, is it  that expensive?

The video at the site Goa365/NT -rpt

The deceased was going to the toilet around 5.30pm
On her way back she came in contact with two LIVE wires
that were snapped from overhead.
One wire was entangled around here neck and the
other around her waste.

Our electricity Dept is one of the richest dept.,
I am sure, it cannot give the excuse saying they cannot
afford to provide 'guard loops' to all areas.

It’s their sheer negligence.
It’s a matter of shame.

How many more deaths??

Watch this NT’s Video, AE’s reaction etc etc

Shame on electricity Dept
Shame on Power Minister

What has happened to the ‘ordered Enquiry’ 
of the
Father-son death  last year Mr. Aleixo Sequeira?

Rs. 2 lakhs  compensation - That’s all it takes to forget
all about it?

A request to social activists, NGOs etc
Can you please
take up these cases to the court of law

and fight for  maximum compensation/ justice  to both the families?

It's a pure case of Electricity Department Negligence, unless they feel the pinch, the dept will never improve
and more and more innocent people will continue


Last year’s pics  Sept/2009

where father-son died in Morjim of electrocution
coming into contact with live wire

Son’s Last Words: "Mother, it’s time for me to go, you stay there, don’t come near me".

Son’s Last Words: "Mother, it’s time for me to go, you stay there, don’t come near me".

When the Parish Priest disclosed this to those who gathered in the chruch to bid
adieu to Father/Son, tears were seen in almost everybody’s eyes. Seen many using
their handkerchief to wipe their tears including one of the four Concelebrants. 
Priest said ‘Domingos was a very social person loved by all’

They were neither ministers nor politicians nor tiatrists nor top people.
There are just the common people coming from weaker section of the society.
There was no funeral brass band, no expensive coffins. Nor I see any minister or
MLA or press/media men

There was no newspaper obituary announcing the death and funeral.

Just one black and one white cotton cloth coffins.
Sisters were wailing ‘Mazo Daddy tho’ ‘Mazo Bhau tho’ (He is my dad, he is
my brother)

Seen many youngsters weeping, sometimes louder than the family members.

Since the village is Hindu dominated, many non-Christians guys also seen outside
the church.

The village priest Fr. Menino Vales, after the mass, made a strong plea to the Govt.
saying that he wish to pass this message thru the media men here (I could not see any)..
 to replace all the old, outdated and rusted electricity wires and poles and thus saving innocent lives. 
He also mentioned about the pathetic road conditions in the village.

Some Pics:

This is just outside their house from where this pic was taken.
Here they both came in contact with the LIVE killer wire
See overhead wire which is now replaced
This is just about 15-20 meters away from the house

This is their house.
Funeral already left for the church (both coffins placed in a pick-up)
The two seen here are their hindu neigbours.

This is at the church. Our Lady of Milagres
Raining heavily but it did not stop people coming to say good bye
About 250 people seen outside the church and about 75 upstairs.
Another about 250 in the side extensions/doors

The Parish Priest, the former Parish Priest Fr. Luis Pinto, a priest from Siolim/school etc

Daughters/sisters – Christalin, Andrea and Wife/Mother Virginia

Father-son together in the church for the last lime

Father-son in one grave
The final resting place

  I ring the Morjim Parish No, bell going but no reply, been trying since 10am till 1pm only to find out if the funeral taken place in the morning or it’s going to be in the evening.Finally at around 1pm, I managed to phone Siolim School where I was told funeral was at 2.30pm

Yesterday's news item

Funeral video clip