The district administration has made special arrangements for people using public transport to Old Goa for novenas starting November 25 and the feast of St Francis Xavier at Old Goa on December 3.
A press release issued by the Office of the North Goa’s District Magistrate on Monday on traffic diversion and parking, reveals diversions on the routes from Panaji to Old Goa via Ribandar.
Special buses are arranged to ferry passengers from Panaji to Old Goa via Ribandar. The buses will proceed via Ribandar and on reaching Dempo Engineering at Old Goa, will take a left turn to enter the Bhakia Property for parking at Bhakia Bus Stand. The same arrangement applies to two-wheelers and four-wheelers.
The vehicles carrying disabled persons will be allowed to ply to Old Goa Church junction and park their vehicles in the GTDC parking lot and in the open space opposite Sulabh Shauchalaya near Old Goa Panchayat. The vehicles parked in these areas, on their return journey to Panaji, will take the same route via Ribandar.
For the route from Panaji to Old Goa via Kadamba bypass, the Panaji to Ponda route buses will not be allowed to proceed via Ribandar. Instead, they will be diverted at KTC Circle to proceed via Kadamba bypass (NH-748).
“On Saturday, Sunday and on the Feast Day, heavy and medium goods vehicles desiring to proceed via Old Goa will be diverted at Karaswada junction on NH-66 and at Banastarim junction on NH-748 to proceed via Amona Bridge.”
South Goa Vehicles
The road from Pillar to Old Goa will be one-way for the movement of traffic. No vehicle from Old Goa will be allowed to return via Neura. All vehicles will exit via NH-748 at Merces. Four-wheelers from South Goa will be allowed to come up to Ella Farm Gate and will park in the Ella Farm Field, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Service open space. Two-wheelers will be parked on the private property prior to Neura junction and in the parking lots behind the Bom Jesus of Basilica. Buses coming from South Goa via Neura road on reaching Ella Farm Main Gate will take left turn and come to Bus Stand at Kunkolkar School Ground and will exit on NH-748 for onward journey.
Ponda Side Vehicles
Two-wheelers and four-wheelers from Ponda side will take left turn on reaching near Pinto Garage for parking on the ground behind the garage. For return journey, the same route will be taken to go towards Ponda. The normal traffic from Ponda wanting to go to Panaji will not be allowed to proceed via Old Goa. They will be diverted to proceed via Old Goa Over Bridge–NH-748. Ponda to Panaji route buses will not be allowed to proceed via Old Goa Church complex. Instead, they will be diverted at Neura junction to proceed via NH-748. The stretch of the road between Old Goa Police Station to Church junction via house of the ex-MLA Pandurang Madkaikar will be one-way.
From the road between Old Goa Church junction to Gandhi Circle for all types of vehicles except emergency vehicles. The ring round road from Old Goa Church junction via St Catherine Chapel/ Arch of Conception / Petrol Pump / Old Goa Police Station to the residence of Ex MLA to Old Goa Church junction will be one-way from Old Goa Church junction towards Diwar side and no-entry from the Village Panchayat Old Goa junction towards Madkaikar house.