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Bad roads could trouble Goa ‘novena’ visitors

GOA
With barely a fortnight left for the first national convention of small Christian communities (SCCs) from November 19 to 21 and novenas for the feast of St Francis Xavier at Old Goa, a concern is being raised in some quarters about the dilapidated condition of the roads leading to the former capital.

The first event will be attended by the bishop and 20 SCC animators from each diocese of India for three days while 8,000 delegates from across the country are expected to attend the event. The first novena for the feast in honour of the saint is scheduled to be held on November 24. Thousands of devotees from various parts of the state visit the former capital during the nine-day novena and feast.

The condition of the main roads leading to Old Goa, particularly the 11km stretch from Pilar to Ela, another stretch from Gandaulim to Dauji and the one km stretch leading to the riverside jetty from Gandhi circle has deteriorated during the last four months of heavy rainfall. But the NH 4 from Panaji to Belgaum and the Old Goa bypass are motorable.

Read the full report here, Times of India

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