Amidst massive protests in Goa against the doubling of a railway track in the Western Ghats, the Indian government on Wednesday announced that it was going ahead with the project. Taking to Twitter, Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the National Board for Wildlife’s (NBWL) approval to the Tinaighat-Castlerock-Caranzol railway doubling project proposed by South Western Railways (SWR). Activists had earlier said that the project would result in several trees being felled and disturb the habitat in the ghats.
“Happy to inform that in its 60th meeting, NBWL has recommended the proposal for Tinaighat-Castlerock-Caranzol railway doubling of South Western Railways, Karnataka with certain mitigation measures as advised by the Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun,” Javadekar said.
🤔🤔yeh Goa walo ka North east ke tarah koi student union hai kya ?
mat banne do Railway line !!!
phir accident hoga phir mat bolna ki desh mein single line kyu hai 😆
When they are ready to go ahead with new Hubballi - Ankola line, how can they stop doubling here.
No student union ek faltu sa group hai Revolutionary Goans bolke who are aspiring to enter Goan poltics. They oppose all development projects including construction of an IIT.
You should see how narrow the Goa Belagavi highway is government has project to widen the roads even that is opposed. There are some strong external forces at play here too which are fuelling the protests.
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
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.