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Yet again, Panaji man is first among equals

PANAJI: When the Konkan railway line from Sawantwadi to Bombay (now Mumbai) first opened within the 1990s, Goan electrical engineer Sunil Salkar ensured he used to be issued the first passenger price ticket for the road.

On February five, as the long-lasting four-lane Atal Setu over the Mandovi used to be thrown open to visitors, how may just the Caranzalem resident miss being the first to drive over it?“I will not specific the volume of happiness,” stated Salkar.

Despite being a ‘no-stopping’ zone, other people halted their automobiles to click on selfies after the Atal Setu used to be thrown open for visitors on Tuesday.

Amid the automobiles of Goa state infrastructure development corporation chairperson Deepak Pauskar, vice-chairperson Sidharth Kuncalienker, and the litter of automobiles of BJP celebration employees, Salkar jostled and made certain he used to be one of the first in line.

Initially sitting on my own within the automobile, Salkar later even gave a journey across to 2 employees of bridge contractor L&T.

“I'm a bachelor and for this reason it used to be imaginable to be here on time,” laughs Salkar.

‘Possible to be here on time as I'm a bachelor’

He is who's now retired, after operating a unit in Mulgao that manufactured electrical products.

He arrived at 9.15am, well before even Pauskar and Kuncalienkar arrived and opened the bridge for visitors as scheduled at 10am.

“Being a Caranzalem resident leading a retired life, I wont also be using the bridge every day,” he stated. “But I'm here to have a good time this engineering feat.”

Salkar, 67, has a nurtured a life-long fascination for engineering marvels, and used to be much more excited to drive over the brand new Mandovi bridge, the third-longest cable-stayed bridge within the country.

“This bridge is a big success for Goans, and for other people like me who're part of the engineering fraternity,” stated Salkar. “It is a privilege to be the first to drive over the bridge. When you spot such infrastructure, you realise we're marching ahead.”

Salkar has been monitoring the development of the bridge from day one, visiting the website nearly each other day. Being proper subsequent door to Panaji, in Caranzalem, helped.

“I have footage of the development proper from the time the wells have been dug,” he stated. “When the bridge opened for walking, I went over it 3 times. I additionally walked over it a day before the inauguration and a day after the inauguration.”

He has already set his eyes on his subsequent purpose, to be the first to drive over the brand new eight-lane Zuari bridge when it opens for visitors.

“I'm extremely happy and looking forward to the Zuari bridge to be finished now, to be the first to drive over it,” stated Salkar, grinning from ear to ear.

Only, Salkar received’t have a price ticket like his Konkan Railway one, which he has laminated and preserved until date.

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