Journalists in Konkan to block Kashedi Ghat on Wednesday
Journalists in Konkan will be blocking Kashedi Ghat on 25th June with the demand to commence second phase of four laning work of between Indapur and Sangameshwar on Mumbai-Goa Highway
A senior journalist and head of Committee for action against attack on Press S S Deshmukh will be leading this agitation, informed Raigadh Press Club President Vijay Pawar and Nagesh Kulkarni of Raigadh District Marathi Journalists’ club.
Around 287 people had died in a road accidents on Mumbai-Goa highway in the year 2013. Journalists in Konkan were protesting in peaceful manner for four laning of this route since 2008. After their various attempts through blocking, hunger strike, road block, long march, torch march, and human chain etc, expansion work for first phase of 84 km – Palaspe to Indapur started.
This work is only 33 per cent completed now when it has deadline to meet in December 2014. When first phase is already running out of time, there are no actions seen from the government on commencing second phase which is more crucial being accident prone site.
As mentioned in release sent by Raigadh Press Club, there is no other option left than expressing through protest as there are no responses from highway authorities in spite of constant follow-ups. Accidents will not get lesser and issue of traffic jams will not get resolved unless this route is expanded.
Hence, journalists in Konkan will be protesting by blocking Kashedi ghat tomorrow on 25th June at 12 noon. More than 200 press employees from Raigadh, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg are anticipated to join the agitation. Various other organizations too will be supporting this move.
Sanyukt Maharashtra Movement was fought by journalists only. This will become a social movement commenced, pursued for five years and directed to completion by journalists.