Locals aghast at plan for Railway Hub at Chandor

MARGAO: Residents of Chandor are aghast on realising that the railway station in the village is proposed to be made into a depot with ten railway tracks, thus making it a major hub for railways.

The developments have come as a shock for villagers as all along they were given to understand that only double tracking was to be done.

It may be recalled that Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL) has been entrusted with the task of double tracking the railway line on the South Western Railway Line and acquisition of 10.5 hectares of land had already commenced last year.

RVNL was given the responsibility of doubling the existing tracks and constructing two new platforms, one at Chandor and the other at Calem. In fact, though villagers did not oppose the proposal they grudgingly accepted the move.

However, on Friday, when some villagers, including the Deputy Sarpanch of Guirdolim Franky Rodrigues and former Sarpanch Sonia Fernandes along with some villagers called on the station master, they were shocked to learn that Chandor station was proposed to be made a hub for the railways with around 10 tracks.

Earlier, engineers reportedly told villagers that they are going to build only two more tracks in Chandor and an additional platform, while showing the plans of the same.

However, RVNL Additional General Manager Sassi Sahoo admitted that the railways had plans to increase the capacity at the Chandor railway station and in future the station could have ten tracks.

“The expansion will take place only when the land is acquired but presently we are laying only two tracks at Chandor,” he said.