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Type of Station: Regular
Number of Platforms: 3
Number of Halting Trains: 20
Number of Originating Trains: 3
Number of Terminating Trains: 3
Collem, Sanguem, South Goa 403410
State: Goa
Elevation: 77 m above sea level
Zone: SWR/South Western
Division: Hubballi (Hubli)
 
 
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Nov 04 2017 (16:32)  To check flying coal dust hazard, Railways looking at covering its wagons: Piyush Goyal (indianexpress.com)
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Indian Railways, the country’s largest freight mover, has started exploring a design change in its rolling stock to see if coal and other minerals can be carried in covered wagons instead of open ones to prevent coal dust from flying into the environment and also to expand the use of wagons.
“I have asked our teams to explore the option to see what design can be created… if these wagons can have covers. So they are looking into it,” Railway Minister Piyush Goyal told The Indian Express Friday.
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Indian Express has revealed that transport of coal, at the rate of 25 tonnes per minute, by rail and road, has left in its wake environmental damage across Goa. And that much more coal is on the way — an estimated 51 million tonnes every year by 2030.
Speaking at the Idea Exchange programme of The Indian Express, Goyal said: “I take all of these reports… and I read them every morning. I take cognisance of that.”
Being the largest mover of coal in India, Railways has deployed around 72,000 wagons — or around 65 per cent of its freight rolling stock — to move coal across India since it occupies the top spot in terms of volumes and earnings among all kinds of material it transports. It accounts for around 40 per cent of railway earnings.
Known as BOXN wagons, these open-to-sky boxes on wheels are used for coal-carriage for operational efficiency as they can be loaded and unloaded faster, owing to being coverless. They are typically overturned for unloading faster. Loading too is easier in BOXN in mines, as well as in ports where imported coals are loaded from silos.
To prevent coal dust from flying into the environment, water is sprinkled on the coal at the loading point, and in many cases — like in Goa — the wagons are covered with tarpaulin. But as The Indian Express investigation has revealed, this solution is far from foolproof.
Now, the Railway Board has started exploring the option if these wagons have to be fitted with a hard-top cover without compromising the operations efficiency of freight movement.
“We have suggested that the new design should not decrease the coal-carrying capacity of each wagon because that hurts our revenue. And from an operational point of view, it should enable tippling,” Railway Board Member Traffic Mohammad Jamshed told The Indian Express. “Tippling” is the technical term used for mechanised overturning of wagons for unloading and loading by special wagon tipplers.
There is more benefit in covered wagons than protecting the environment. Covered wagons will make them more multipurpose, to carry anything from cement to salt — commodities which are difficult to move in open-to-elements wagons. “We have to given cement companies a 30 per cent discount if we carry cement in BOXN wagons because there is the fear or rain etc,” he said.

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Oct 26 2017 (11:56)  Coal Burying Goa: What the toxic train leaves in its wake (indianexpress.com)
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Every two hours on average, a freight train pulls out of Mormugao Port, 6 km from Vasco. Each of its 58 wagons is covered with blue tarpaulin, the edges of which flap in the breeze, revealing what lies underneath — about 65,000 kg of coal, the toxic black dust hanging in the air like a shroud over each wagon.
This train sets off on an 18-hour, 352-km journey eastward to Karnataka’s Toranagallu in Bellary district, home of JSW Group’s steel and captive power plant.
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up to the Goa border — except for a 5-km stretch where access was denied during the monsoon because of the presence of a waterfall. And found that each train gouges out a thick black line starting from the port at the western tip, dipping south around Velsao, snaking up from Sanvordem, crossing the Zuari river network, villages around Chandor, paddy fields, indigenous habitats in Majorda, cashew and coconut orchards, and fragile forests before reaching Kulem just short of the Western Ghats.
This rail transport of coal totals 11 million tonnes, of which 10.11 million tonnes belong to Jindal group and the remaining to Adani.
The annual audit report for the port in 2015-16 states: “The operating income for the year 2015-16 increased to Rs 342.85 crore from Rs 286.75 crore for the previous year… The increase in operating income is mainly on account of increase in no. of vessels, increase in railway income, iron ore and coal cargo.”
Written by Smita Nair | Vasco/ Kulem | Updated: October 26, 2017 10:37 am
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Every two hours on average, a freight train pulls out of Mormugao Port, 6 km from Vasco. Each of its 58 wagons is covered with blue tarpaulin, the edges of which flap in the breeze, revealing what lies underneath — about 65,000 kg of coal, the toxic black dust hanging in the air like a shroud over each wagon.
This train sets off on an 18-hour, 352-km journey eastward to Karnataka’s Toranagallu in Bellary district, home of JSW Group’s steel and captive power plant.
The Indian Express tracked over a dozen such trains up to the Goa border — except for a 5-km stretch where access was denied during the monsoon because of the presence of a waterfall. And found that each train gouges out a thick black line (see map below) starting from the port at the western tip, dipping south around Velsao, snaking up from Sanvordem, crossing the Zuari river network, villages around Chandor, paddy fields, indigenous habitats in Majorda, cashew and coconut orchards, and fragile forests before reaching Kulem just short of the Western Ghats.
This rail transport of coal totals 11 million tonnes, of which 10.11 million tonnes belong to Jindal group and the remaining to Adani.
The annual audit report for the port in 2015-16 states: “The operating income for the year 2015-16 increased to Rs 342.85 crore from Rs 286.75 crore for the previous year… The increase in operating income is mainly on account of increase in no. of vessels, increase in railway income, iron ore and coal cargo.”
Express Investigation part 1: Coal on move, 25 tonnes a minute, is choking Goa, more is on the way
The Toxic Train: Tracking The Coal Trail Across Goa

By 2030, as The Indian Express reported Wednesday, Mormugao Port Trust wants to unload 51 million tonnes, most of which will be carried to the Deccan hinterland using rail. For this to happen, the Goa chapter of the 2016 Sagarmala report on coastal upgradation says, “local government has to be pressurised from the Centre for the completion of doubling the line”.
With the Railways having acquired 60 per cent of land required for doubling the tracks, the Hubli Division of South Western Railway has made good headway in Karnataka. In Goa, the acquisition is at different stages for the requirement of 10 hectares — spread like a strip alongside the existing track — along 64 km between Vasco and Kulem.
“We have started laying tracks at regions where we have acquired the land. We are looking at three years for the entire process and execution,” says E Vijaya, Deputy General Manager, South Western Railway. At her Hubli Headquarters, with a large rail map spread out on her table, Vijaya says, “For us, Goa is Vasco”.
“It’s all about scale,” says G P Rai, deputy chairman, Mormugao Port Trust. “They (Goans) have been thoroughly misguided. We are stressing on railway evacuation as it is the cleanest evacuation corridor.”
His words don’t sound reassuring in the trundle of the train as it pulls out of Vasco, Ground Zero of Goa’s rail coal trail.
MORMUGAO PORT TRUST, 0 km
A journey begins, a town holds its breath
From a distance, the yellow safety hats stand out against the black coal hills.
A half-loaded German vessel — 1,80,000 dead weight tonnage — is anchored at Berth 6 operated by JSW. With first anchor at Jaigarh, JSW’s private port in Maharashtra, the vessel is shedding the remaining coal for the steel major’s Karnataka plant, according to port traffic records.
Everything is in motion, the wharf cranes, the pulleys and the men involved in loading coal in two cycles from the ship to tall silos and on to the rail wagons. The port is a medley of roller coasters — blue, green conveyer belts.
For the Redkars, the oldest family at the harbour, this is a typical morning view.
The women, from oldest, Saraswati, 75, to child Vrishti, 2, have their eyes on the conveyor belts. This joint family has 35 members, all battling what they call the “unstoppable menace” — coal, whatever the season. “This summer, the coal breeze was stronger and hot. Don’t forget, coal dust bites, too,” says Saraswati’s son Vignesh, 36, a port employee.
According to an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) conducted in September 2016 by the port for the expansion of JSW’s berths 5 and 6, the company has targeted 70 per cent efficiency for cargo transfer to wagons. This would lead to the time taken for a full round of loading being cut from three hours to one-and-a-half hours, and to move coal imports and return with steel exports from 11 hours to six hours.
It’s 9 am and at Gate 9, a cargo train is ready to leave. Similar tracks branch out of Berth 7 (Adani).
For now, a whistle blows and the train starts moving.
VASCO, 6 km
‘We travel with a nebuliser’
In Vasco, the chorus from local doctors is: an unmistakable rise in cases of respiratory diseases under their watch.
At the clinic of Dr Pedro Bravo da Costa, 73, patients walk in for emergency nebuliser shots. Costa says before the coal transport began, he saw only 40 patients “the whole day”. Now he’s lost count as cases of bronchitis, sinusitis and pulmonary disorders have increased manifold, he says. His own clinic needs dusting thrice a day. “Earlier, the cases didn’t need ICU recommendations. Now I have had a few. Further, all respiratory problems show the same symptoms. They are all patients of coal dust, they just keep coming by the hour,” says Costa.
In 2012, the Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court, after 11 years of proceedings, shut down two coal berths and forced the state government to introduce air ambient quality monitoring stations. At the time, records show, the port handled around 5.64 million tonnes of coal. In 2016-17, they show, coal imports of JSW alone stood at 10.11 million tonnes, against an awarded consent of 5.50 million tonnes, a mark that was breached way back in 2012. And the coal mountain keeps climbing.
During an eight-day public hearing — one of three facilitated by the port in April and May on deepening of the navigational channel, expansion of JSW’s berths 5A and 6A, and redevelopment of berths 8 and 9 to be operated by Vedanta — speakers questioned the “medieval methods” used to pack wagons. One of them, Savio Correia, 48, an environmentalist from Vasco and whose house is next to tracks, calls them “tarpaulin-covered graves”.
CANSAULIM, 20 km
‘Our heritage home is crumbling’
The wagons have moved ahead, past the Dabolim airport and through coconut plantations to the coastal villages between Velsao and Cansaulim. This is the land of the Ramponnkars, traditional fisherfolk in Salcete, home to Catholic families, and the first stop in a region that saw the largest mobilisation during the Konkani language agitation in the 1960s
The wagons grind to a halt at Cansaulim. Across the tracks, is the home of Zulema Barros Pereira, 85, with oyster shell window-panes and traditional balcaos, now crumbling “due to vibrations from the track”. “With more rakes, what will happen to this century-old house? The windows already rattle and the house has developed cracks. Redevelopment can never replace such heritage homes,” says Zulema.
Outside Zulema’s house, schools have closed for the day and children are on their way home through arterial roads back to their villages. But there’s one hurdle on the way – a coal wagon parked on the tracks. With no foot overbridge in the area, Anjali, 13, and her younger sister Kirti, 11, duck under the wagons to cross over.
Kirti’s pinafore is stained with grease from the wagon. “These coal wagons are always there, on our way to school and back… Sometimes, our heads hit the bottom of the wagon. Our father hurt his shoulder once while crossing under a wagon. But now, I have worked out a few ways to crawl through. I tell Kirti to cross through the gap between bogies, it gives more space to protect the head,” says Anjali.
AROSSIM & CUELIM, 23 km
‘What will these coal tracks give us?’
Luis Da Costa, 66, a retired professional says the sand mounds here will be the first to be filled with debris from tracks. “These are our village assets where we do rainwater harvesting and it’s being destroyed. Coal cannot be more valuable than that,” he says.
Another villager Anthony D’Silva, 40, points to a “bigger emergency”. The St Lawrence Chapel built in 1599 is next to the tracks and may have to go but not too many know of this yet, he says. “Once the Church announces the chapel might be demolished, news will come like…boom,” he warns. D’Silva says he lost acres of paddy field to the Konkan Railways earlier. “Compensation was Rs 6 per sq m. Now I drive a taxi. That’s the irony. My field was taken by a rail network to bring more tourists. What will these coal tracks give us now?” he says.
Ahead at Utorda, the coal wagons have to cross 25-year-old Dolvyn Braganza’s ancestral paddy field. A new stretch of her field will be eaten by the tracks, she says, but the coal has already crept in. “The government should encourage cultivation and stop Goans from migrating, instead of importing coal. The demographics in Goa are such that there are not many native Goans any longer. The numbers are mostly floating population. And now, the Railways has come to take our farms, and the homes of the Goans who chose to stay. Where are we supposed to go?” she says.
SERAULIM, 28.9 km
‘We will have to agitate again’
At Seraulim, the church is on the other side of the railway crossing. Traffic has stopped for a passenger train, a cargo train will follow.
The wagons divide a village, holding everything to ransom. Residents say that during Sunday mass, even a single train crossing can delay their church visit. That is five minutes of mass missed, they say, and with 30 trains a day, that is an entire mass gone. “The Church even stops the ceremony every few minutes as the trains pass. Nobody looks into these facts on the ground. These things are important to us,” says Elvis Coutinho, 51.
Seraulim, which opposed the Konkan Railways project in 1992-1993, is also where the biggest resistance against the doubling of tracks for coal is taking shape. In 1993, the government issued a shoot-at-sight order against protesters. The Railways won. The locals speak of “death of village life” and “cattle deaths along the tracks”, too. “We have been asking for a cattle underpass for a decade. But with no bridge for us, I wonder if they will ever make any arrangements for them,” says Coutinho.
Horticulturist Rodney Almeida, 67, whose house is 70 metres from the coal tracks, says when he contracted asthma two years ago, it took him a while to find out the reason: “black powder”. “As a horticulturist, I am always surrounded with greenery and I was keen to know what was causing these sudden bouts of coughing, and breathing problems. I realised that they coincided with the presence of a black powder in the house. I visited my doctor and he asked me if there was a source for this powder. My wife and I found it was coal from the trains. We watch them cross us every day and we are convinced our air is in danger,” says Almeida.
At the other end of the track is the house of retired banker Vincente Fernandes, 62, a veteran of the Konkan Railway agitation. “We will have to agitate again. We are not talking of one more train. The doubling of tracks means, 20-30 trains more. There is no access to our homes, no bridges to walk to the other side, no roads made friendly for us,” he says. With the South Western Railways team trying to survey his compound, Vincente is always on guard.
WESTERN GHATS, 75 km
Gouging the Ghats
Many stations after Chandor, the journey is a straight stretch to the Western Ghats. At Kulem, a coal train has paused at the station, waiting to be powered by three engines through the 37-km Ghats passage to Tinai Ghat. The wagons will have their hardest journey yet, as they go through the Braganza Ghats, Goa’s most ecologically fragile stretch, and home to Dudhsagar falls and Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary.
With Caranzol, Dudhsagar and Sonalium stations on the way, the wagons take at least three hours to cross this stretch, with three brake tests at each station. As the tracks cross downward into Londa Junction, the base of the Ghats on the Karnataka side, the first signs of fresh double-tracking activity emerge. About 285 km away, is Toranagallu.
JSW responds: ‘High standards of environmental compliance’
Responding to queries from The Indian Express, a spokesperson for JSW writes:
JSW does not undertake road transportation for its cargo. All cargo moves by covered rakes only. As a measure to control pollution, we innovated a unique feature to cover these rakes as the cargo is loaded from the silo.
JSW maintains high standards of environmental compliance. We were the first company in India to implement fully-covered operations with a giant shed of 105m x 450 m x 52 m at our port in Jaigarh. We are in the process of establishing a 125 m x 275 m covered shed at our berths in Mormugao Port, Goa, as an additional pollution control measure. The shed is currently awaiting necessary regulatory approvals.
Adani responds: ‘We take utmost care to preserve environment, comply with rules’
Responding to queries from The Indian Express, a spokesperson for the Adani Group writes:
About 80 per cent of cargo is transported through mechanised wagon loading systems and the rakes are covered prior to departure from port thereby ensuring full-fledged check on pollution while the rake is enroute to its destination.
About 20 per cent of the cargo is dispatched by road through mechanised truck loading system, each truck is covered and thoroughly washed after loading, and even the undercarriage is washed to ensure a clean dispatch by road.
Furthermore, regular patrols are carried out by the port team to check for any spillage on road during transportation and react in real time thereby ensuring negligible spillage incidents.
We take utmost care to preserve the environment and comply with all the applicable rules and regulations.
Our cargo yards have all round retaining walls and cargo is stored in covered condition, with regular automatic yard sprinkler system to ensure dust suppression, firefighting system for emergency usage, dry fog system at all cargo transfer points for dust free cargo transfer, automatic truck and wheel washing system, a portable mist canon system, water tanker with road sprinkler, tractor mounted road sweeping machine, windscreens and green belt around the yards and jetty gate.
These systems are benchmark technologies that we have in the entire Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd portfolio.
VEDANTA responds: ‘Not using port for coal handling’
Responding to The Indian Express report —‘Coal on move, 25 tonnes a minute, is choking Goa, more is on its way’ (October 25, 2017) —a spokesperson for Vedanta writes:
Vedanta is not using the Mormugao Port berth for any coal handling. We are importing 0.75 Mt per annum for our in-house consumption and not for sale. We are not handling coal at MPT land, so no question of creating any dust pollution. It is directly unloaded from mother ship to barges mid sea and the same are being unloaded at the plant. Moreover, the moisture in coal is 10%, which doesn’t allow any dust generation. As a responsible organisation, we abide by all norms and regulatory compliance.

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Now this is the reason why doubling is at fast pace and why we can't get new trains on braganza ghat until doubling completes.
Oct 16 2017 (16:56)  Dudhsagar waterfalls open for visitors from Goa (allaboutbelgaum.com)
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The majestic Dudhsagar waterfalls is now officially opened by the Goa Forest department for visitors.
This is the only official way to see the majestic waterfalls as trekking from Castle rock to falls is banned by the railways and you can be fined heavily.
The charges levied by the Association for the round trip is Rs. 400/head subject to a maximum of 07 adults/vehicle. Separate entry charges are payable to the Forest Dept. as per Government approved rates for entry into the National Park.
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journey from Collem to Dudhsagar falls and back for a distance of 12 kms one way on fair weather kutcha road has to be performed in the jeeps permitted for this purpose by the Goa Forest Department.
The circuit is open on all days of the week and timings of operations are 08:30 hrs to 16:00 hrs.
Kind attention of the esteemed visitors and tourists to Dudhsagar falls tourist circuit located in Bhagwan Mahaveer National Park, Mollem is invited to the following important guidelines for the 2016-17 season.
i) The Dudhsagar Tourist circuit shall be opened to the visitors w.e.f. 24/10/16 (Mon) and the daily timings for entry shall be between 08 30 AM to 04 00 PM.
But sighting demand due to Diwali holidays same has been opened on October 13 only.
ii) The total number of trips per day shall be limited to 225. No additional trips shall be permitted. Visitors/tourists will be allowed on first come first served basis. No tourists/visitors will be allowed after the completion of 225 trips on a given day.
iii) Only the jeeps registered with Forest department, Goa shall make trips in the circuit. No private vehicles including 2 wheelers shall be permitted to enter the tourist circuit from Collem entry gate. The movement of private vehicles entering the National Park from Mollem shall be restricted only up to Aranyak campsite.
iv) All visitors are requested to take life jackets available on hire while undertaking the visit. Entering the falls without life jackets is prohibited.
v) Entry to the falls from the Railway track is not allowed.
vi) Number of Adults per vehicle shall be restricted to 7 (seven).
The visitors are requested to co-operate with the staff of Goa Forest Department and follow all regulations in place for an enjoyable experience.
Kind attention of the esteemed visitors and tourists to Dudhsagar falls located in Bhagwan Mahaveer National Park, Mollem is invited to the following important aspects.
No private vehicles are permitted to operate in the circuit.
The vehicles are allowed in batches of 30 at hourly time slots as indicated below-
1. 8:30 hrs 2. 9.30 hrs 3. 10:30 hrs 4. 11:30 hrs 5. 12.30 hrs 6. 13:30 hrs 7. 14:30 hrs 8. 15:30 hrs 9. 16:00 hrs [15 jeeps].
Esteemed visitors are requested to make a note of the same and accordingly plan their trips to Dudhsagar falls by reaching Collem and follow the time slots indicated above in order to avoid inconvenience.
For further information on the trips, please contact Dudhsagar Tour Operators Association, Collem on 0832-2600075 (Landline) or 9423812828/9423811449/ 9545924816 (Mobiles) E-mail : dcfwlnorth-forest.goa@nic.in
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Train Tag: Goa Express/12780 added by Golgumbaz exp via Gadag Yalvigi new line~/48335
 
 
You cannot trek from Castlerock to Dudhsagar, the RPF will precisely ask you a question at Castlerock station and will ask you to go back if you had planned to trek to Dudhsagar.
However you can make a train trip to Goa and have a glimpse of the same, but don't get down on the tracks you will be fined.
Updated: July 2017
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posted: Jul 16, 2012
The amazing Dudh Sagar water falls is now flowing to its full glory after some good rains in the past week. (23, June 2015)
Dudh Sagar Falls has been an attraction for everyone who travels by train to Goa, which lies amidst the Briganza Ghat (as locally known) in the belt of Western Ghats in the state of Goa bordering Karnataka. Dudh Sagar Falls is located adjacent to the Railway Track on Goa-Londa route. Dudh Sagar (Sea of Milk) as it is known is believed to have derived its name from an incident where a princess who covered herself by throwing milk in order to hide herself.
Dudh Sagar fall boosts of an awesome height of 310 Meters, is the 5th highest waterfall in India and Ranks 227th in the world. The waterfall forms couple of pools which adds to the scenic beauty amidst the Green Jungles of Western Ghats. But Swimming is highly risky in these ponds.
The members of the Belgaum Photographers circle visited this falls yesterday to get you these amazing pics. They biked until Castlerock and from there trekked all the way to the falls which is about 15 kms.
How to reach there :
The Best time to visit Dudh Sagar Falls is during Rainy season & if one if adventurous of Trekking and a nature lover Dudh Sagar is a place one can never Miss. But carrying own Lunch and Snacks is highly recommendable as there is not even a Tea stall to cater the needs of tourists.
Express trains ply to & fro everyday from Londa Junction everyday but at odd hours & only on Sundays there runs a convenient train from Belgaum in the morning and in return there is only a single convenient Express Train in the Evening.
Goa Express Train Number 12780
Departs 0045 Arrives at Castle rock 3 AM
Poorna Express (Sunday only)
Departs: 0745
Arrival at Castle rock 10.10 AM
Return Journey Goa Express Train Number 12779
DudhSagar – (No official conformation but Train does stop at Dudhsagar Station for 2 mins)
Castle Rock Departure: 1735 Arrival Belgaum 1945
Mar 22 2017 (17:22)  Rail double tracking tendered (goacom.com)
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Mar 22 2017 (17:22)
Station Tag: Kulem/QLM added by a2z~/1674352

Mar 22 2017 (17:22)
Station Tag: Madgaon Junction/MAO added by a2z~/1674352
Stations:  Kulem/QLM   Madgaon Junction/MAO  
Posted by: a2z~  92 news posts
 
 
Margao: Work on the Rs 207 crore project to double track the South Western Railway line from Kulem to Margao is expected to commence very shortly as Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd has already tendered the work to M/s Tracks & Towers Infratech Pvt Ltd, who are in the process of setting up their office in Goa.The work on Kulem to Margao sector is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020-21 and involves laying of the double track on 34 kms besides having six major bridges, 38 minor bridges, 5 stations and 1 halt, seven level crossings and 30 quarters which will be at Sanvordem where the Railways have sufficient land.
The six major bridges are as follows: Two between
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Kulem and Kalem, two between Kulem and Sanvordem and two between Sanvordem and Chandor while the minor bridges will be nine between Kulem and Kalem, 14 between Kalem and Sanvordem, three between Sanvordem and Chandor and 12 between Chandor and Margao
While earthwork formation will be costing Rs 37.20 crore, the bridge work will cost around Rs 91.90 crore, the actually laying of the rail line will cost Rs. 36.93 crore, the staff quarters and buildings will cost Rs. 8.45 crore, platform passenger amenities including the foot over bridge extensions will cost Rs 9.3 crore, signal and telecommunications will cost Rs 5.24 crore, general electric works Rs. 2.76 crore and cement worth around Rs. 17.52 crore will be utilized.Two platforms will be constructed at Chandor and Kalem with a new foot over bridge for Chandor while the existing one at Kalem will be extended. Incidentally, the existing station at Chandor will be demolished and a new station will be constructed on the other side.
Konkan Railway Corporation has undertaken to erect a loop line at the Margao Railway station and also to erect new platforms at Margao, Majorda and Dabolim for the South Western Railway to undertake their Tinaighat to Vasco double tracking of railway line.In Goa, while Kulem to Margao has been taken up as the first segment, second phase is Margao to Vasco section which is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2017-2018 and completed in third quarter of 2020-2021 and finally will be the Castlerock to Kulem section which will commence in fourth quarter of 2017-2018 and is expected to complete in third quarter of 2020-2021.
For the Kulem to Margao sector, the government proposes to acquire around 10.5 hectares of land. The land sought to be acquired is as follows: Collem – 5173 sq mts, Calem – 22775 sq mts, Santona – 5309 sq mts, Sanvordem – 6930 sq mts, Xic-Xelvona – 920 sq mts, Assolda – 3720 sq mts, Chandor – 4843 sq mts, Guirdolim – 23490 sq mts, St Jose de Areal – 3425 sq mts and Davorlim – 8815 sq mts.More than 20 thousand sq mts of land is sought in Kalem and Guirdolim because a new platform and a new station is proposed to be constructed at these two villages for the railway stations at Kalem and Chandor.
The state government has apparently invoked the policy prepared by it following the amended to Land Acquisition Act to acquire the land in Goa, under which initially consent from the land loser is required. It is learnt that land losers from Sanguem and Quepem talukas have already given their consent, while currently officials are seeking consent letters from land losers in Salcete taluka.

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Mar 23 2017 (18:41)
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It has to be done fast and full project to be completed at the earliest, as a large region of India does not have direct connectivity to a unique and major tourist destination of our nation, i.e. Goa, which has been is denied due to saturation of the existing single line.
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