Cabral’s deadline to govt to sort railway mess

MARGAO: Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral has set a deadline of May 26 for the railway authorities to declare a stop halt for the Vasco – Vailankani express train at the Sanvordem-Curchorem railway station. Cabral said he will lead the people in staging a rail-roko (rail blockade) agitation at the Sanvordem-Curchorem railway station on May 27and prevent the train from proceeding any further.

Speaking to TOI, Cabral expressed his displeasure over the failure of the railway authorities in heeding his demand to schedule a halt for the train at the station.

“This train was started especially to benefit the people of Goa to facilitate their travel to Vailankani. For the last one year I have been pursuing this matter with the senior officials of the South Western Railway (SWR)., however, despite assurances of considering the demand, the railways have failed to take any steps in this regard,” Cabral said. Stating that a halt at Sanvordem-Curchorem would benefit all sections of the society and not only the Catholic pilgrims to the holy place, Cabral said that by denying a halt at this station, people from Curchorem, Sanvordem, Quepem, Sanguem, and Dharbondara areas have been deprived of the train service. “People travel by this train to various destinations and for various purposes. So when people of my constituency came to me with their plan to stage a protest, I told them that I will lead the agitation as I am their representative. I am the servant of the public, and therefore I am ready to court arrest if need be,” Cabral said.

As regards the other demands of the railway consumers – restoration of the express train service on the Vasco-Miraj and Vasco-Bijapur routes, resumption of the Vasco-Mumbai express trains via Londa, Belgaum and Pune – Cabral said he will pursue those demands with the concerned authorities.

The railways is of the view that they need land for double tracking of the railway route in the Goa section and blame the state government for failing to provide land for the purpose.

I will, however, try and thrash out the issue,” Cabral said.