Cortalim MLA Alina Saldanha is the sole BJP legislator who is opposing the railway’s double tracking project.To buttress her arguments against the project, she invoked the memories of former chief minister Manohar Parrikar who, she pointed out, had declined permission to the Railways to lay the second track in Goa.“Parrikar had said that the doubling of track is an MPT fraud and we have the press cutting,” she told reporters earlier this month after meeting chief minister Pramod Sawant over the issue. Parrikar, soon after South Western Railway (SWR) had laid the foundation stone to lay the second track from Goa border to Hospet in Karnataka in July 2013, had told reporters, “I have refused the permission to double the track of SWR in Goa.
We don’t want it.” Parrikar’s refusal for railway double tracking in Goa was seen as a major setback to the SWR’s ambitious plan. The state is happy with the single line and does not need to double it. We are not giving any permission for the double tracking,”
Parrikar had then said, adding that the proposal of increasing the tracks was mooted at the behest of a few industries which wanted to transport coal from MPT.
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