HUBBALI: Congress Party with almost 100 warriors on Tuesday staged demonstrations at South Western Railway (SWR) headquarters in Huballi and submitted a memorandum to the general manager demanding stoppage of the railway double tracking work from Vasco to Londa which will destroy identity of Goa and environment and scrapping of the entire project immediately.                                                                                                                                

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCCP president Girish Chodankar and Leader of the Opposition Digambar Kamat submitted a memorandum  to the SWR additional general manager Prashant Kumar Mishra and brought it to his notice that there is complete opposition to the said work in Goa. They also warned him that protests will grow if Railway Vikas Nigam does not take cognisance which may eventually lead to law and order problem in the State. Both the leaders demanded that the work of doubling of tracks must be stopped and the entire project must be scrapped.

Congress Party members reached Huballi in the morning and staged agitation in front of SWR headquarters. Congress functionaries Sankalp Amonkar, Amarnath Panjikar, Janardhan Bhandari, Joseph Dias, Vijay Bhike, Royla Fernandes, Denica Almeida, Damodar Shirodkar, Varad Mardolkar, Sachin Parab, Dashrath Mandrekar, Abhijit Deseai, Meghashyam Raut, Glen Cabral and others raised slogans holding placards like “Only Goal Say No to Coal”, ” Save Mollem from Destruction”, “Bandh Karo Bandh Karo Double Tracking Bandh Karo” and “Amka Naka Amka Naka Kaalo Kolso Aamka Naka”.

SWR additional general manager Mishra assured the delegation to take up with higher authorities the concerns raised by the Congress Party and try to find solution. He said that protecting nature of Goa is important and duty of all.

“Congress Party is committed to protect the identity of Goa and environment. We will not allow the attempts of BJP government to convert Goa into a coal hub. Railway authorities must act wisely and stop the double tracking work immediately failing which they will have to face serious consequences,” stated Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat, while addressing the Congress warriors.

Chodankar alleged that the insensitive BJP government was trying to convert Goa into a coal hub to help Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s crony club. Congress Party has shown the trailor of its agitation during protests at Nessai, Chandor and Davorlim and during the protest meeting at Lohia Maidan, Margao, he said and warned the government that the protests will intensify if the work is not stopped and project is scrapped.

Royla Fernandes aid that the anti-coal and save Mollem protests have received support from renowned personalities from all across the State. Government must come to senses and scrap the project causing destruction to environment. Pointing to the picture of famous Dudhsagar Waterfall displayed in the additional general manager’s office, Royla said that it is now the duty of the railway authority to ensure that the waterfall remains lively always.

GPCC vice president Sankalp Amonkar said that the coal pollution has taken the entire Mormugao taluka into its clutches and people are suffering. If MPT does not stop handling of coal than it will be difficult for people even to breath.

GPCC functionaries Joseph Dias, Vijay Bhike, Janardhan Bhandari and others also spoke opposing the coal transportation in Goa causing health hazards.