Rash drivers, accidents and traffic arrangements

One of the biggest problems faced by pedestrians in panaji, goa is that car, scooter and motorcycle drivers are regularly exceeding the speed limit especially on one way roads. In Mumbai after a few minutes the traffic signals will allow the large number of pedestrians to safely cross. For example at Saki Naka junction in north mumbai, there are a large number of pedestrians and they can safely cross if they wait for some time.

Unlike large cities like Mumbai, the traffic planners in panaji, have not installed traffic signals, zebra crossings, at many places making it very difficult for pedestrians to cross the road and the many drivers are crossing the speed limit of 35 km per hour. This could be because the number of pedestrians in panaji, is relatively low, however they are also citizens and should be allowed to move from one place to another safely and freely.

The problem is particularly severe on Dayanand Bandodkar Marg in Panaji, as the drivers are regularly overspeeding . A pedestrian may have to spend at least 10 minutes to cross the road near the old secretariat, head post office during peak traffic hours in the morning at around 9 am.Some people who do not have vehicles are not travelling in panaji, because of the risk posed by speeding vehicles and lack of traffic signals . Some accidents have taken place on Dayanand Bandodkar marg, resulting in the death of senior citizens like the parents of social activist Dr Oscar Rebello.