Panaji: The Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry urged the state government to establish a mass rapid transit system like a ‘metro network’ of fast trains to improve connectivity and decongest the highways.
In a pre-budget memorandum to the chief minister, the industrial body recommended an overhead metro system to connect the business and commercial centers of the state-a route from Mapusa to Cortalim via Panaji, with lines also connecting Dabolim airport, Vasco and Margao, extending from Mopa in the north to Canacona in the south. “An efficient metro service between Mapusa and Margao will possibly help in keeping a large number of buses and private cars off the road, resulting in lesser number of accidents on these routes,” the document stated.
Calling for the government to immediately address the chaotic traffic situation along the highways, GCCI also pusheed for urgent conversion of NH4 and NH17/NH17-A/NH17-B into 6-lane highways. The memorandum also acknowledges the holistic master plan for Panaji city, and calls for its speedy execution, along with similar plans for Margao, Mapusa, Vasco and Ponda. With regards to the parking space crunch in all major towns, GCCI has also appealed to the government to construct and operate, through public-private partnerships, multi-level parking lots at multiple locations.