To decongest Goa’s roads, the state government plans to tap more inland waterways

Panaji, May 26 (PTI) The Goa government is considering the possibility of opening more inland waterways to ease traffic congestion on the roads, Minister of State Subhash Fal Dessai said on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters in the city of Margao, the river navigation minister said his department has traditionally operated fewer ferry lines to meet the demand of people, especially those living on the islands.

Dessai said he will explore the possibility of opening more roads to decongest the roads.

“We are looking to reduce noise pollution and other problems on the roads, including congestion, once new roads are operational,” he said.

The department is also considering running solar-powered ferry boats to replace existing diesel-powered vessels.

“We are moving towards green fuel in the river navigation department,” he said.

The minister further said department staff needed some discipline as there were complaints about erratic ferry service on some routes.

Referring to the recent complaint from residents of Divar Island, Dessai said the issue had been looked into and action would be taken against the staff.

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