Goa formulates road digging policy to curb mishaps

Panaji: The Goa Government has decided to formulate an 'earth digging policy' so as to avoid mishaps due to recklessness of the contractors.

The administration yesterday issued an order making it mandatory for the road contractors to take prior permission from Deputy Collectors before digging.

The Government's move follows the recent blaze near the K K Birla Group's fertiliser manufacturing plant at port town of Vasco. The fire had erupted after a contractor, working for Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL), damaged a naptha pipeline while undertaking digging.

"The incident has made it imperative to formulate a policy on earth digging," according to the administration order.

South Goa Collector G P Naik has said "due to ignorance and recklessness of contractors, risk is always involved in earth digging activities."

"Any organisation, Government Departments, Government undertakings, private bodies, local bodies or any individual or legal person who is desirous of undertaking earth digging should obtain a written permission from the Deputy Collector and Sub Divisional Magistrate concerned," the order said.