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Verem junction continues to be a traffic nightmare

Verem: The narrow stretch of road at Verem junction leading to Panaji has given motorists a harrowing time as there are frequent traffic jams.

This road has shops and bars on either side. During peak tourist season, traffic jams are witnessed here for over half an hour. Some commuters say it takes them almost an hour to get to the state capital during the peak tourist season.

The road is frequented by a number of buses that ferry passengers from the coastal belt of Bardez to Panaji. Peak hours witness a mix of passenger buses, motorists and tourist vehicles from the coastal villages of Candolim and Calangute, all vying for space on this stretch of road. The presence of the Verem market nearby adds to the traffic jams. A local told REPORTERS that authorities concerned must depute traffic police personnel to regulate the flow of traffic.

"No traffic police are posted on this stretch to regulate traffic, especially during the peak hours. Now, as the tourist season has kicked off, there will be more such traffic jams," a local told REPORTERS . Another local resident told REPORTERS that there were a number of accidents on this stretch due to its narrow width.

Previous state governments had proposed a bypass to ease the congestion at Verem junction, but the project is yet to see the light of day. Saligao MLA Jayesh Salgaonkar said that he will try to find a solution to the problem. "I have spoken to the chief minister and the PWD minister over the construction of a bypass on the 300m stretch," he said.


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