Madgaon (MAQ): Goa is scheduled to get the first diesel-electric multiple unit (DEMU) train plying within Goa along the Konkan Railway route shortly. Sources in the Konkan Railway informed TOI that the train will be introduced within the next 4-6 weeks, and will ply between Pernem and Canacona.
Initially, there will be two services of the DEMU train connecting all the stations of Konkan Railway in Goa state, says a press note by Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL).
“There was a demand from the chief minister of Goa for doubling of Konkan Railway track in Goa. He also demanded suburban-like services should be started connecting different stations of Konkan Railway in Goa state. He stressed the need for starting at least one or two DEMU service without waiting for the doubling of the tracks. Taking this into account the minister for railways, Suresh Prabhu, had issued instructions to Konkan Railway to look into the feasibility of introducing a DEMU service at the earliest,” said a press note issued by general manger (admn), KRCL, Siddeshwar Telugu.
“The timings for the DEMU train are being worked out. Once the time slot is finalized, the dates of the commencement of the service will be announced,” senior manager, public relations, Baban Ghatge, told.
Currently, there are two DEMU trains plying along the Konkan Railway route through Goa – both between Margao and Karwar railway stations. These trains largely benefit office-goers and factory workers from Karwar and places enroute, who commute to Margao on a daily basis.
The new DEMU train is expected to benefit the locals and ease pressure on the public bus transport.