South West Railways deserves some credit for deciding not to extend the third railway track beyond Majorda Station. Rarely have government functionaries shown any regard for our Goan architectural heritage. CM Parrikar obviously had something to do with it. I am reminded of the significance of his words on this subject: someone makes a decision somewhere and we have to follow it? He was referring to decisions which impact Goa tremendously and which are not ours!
The SW Railway unfortunately continues to shunt bogies at all times of day and night causing immense damage to the heritage houses not far from the tracks. Aside from the din and whistle blowing which keeps people in the neighborhood awake at night, it would be totally unacceptable in a civilized country. It is nothing less than a flagrant disregard of human rights in the mad rush for development at any cost, including the cost of human suffering and destruction of our cultural heritage. The villagers are unhappy about it. Will SW Railway show some human feeling? The British built the railways in 1895, much before the birth of our nation India in 1947. Goa joined the nation a dozen years later. A lot of houses in the village of Cansaulim and environ have Indo-Portugues houses near or along the tracks which are undergoing tremendous damage. The cost of maintenance and repair work is not at all cheap. Often, the laborers who knew the old building techniques are no longer alive and so we have to rely on people who don't really know how it was done originally. They often improvise or use new techniques and materials which do not always make for a happy ending. Can't the SW Railways find a better place along the long railway route to shunt trains than in front or near old heritage Goan houses? The Indo-British railway should not be used to destroy the Indo-Portugueuse houses. Both are a part of modern India, and both deserve to be preserved and used wisely, and not as weapons of heritage destruction. SW Railways please show a bit of sensitivity. Goa Forward Party needs to form a policy to include the protection of old Indo-Portuguese houses from the onslaught of the SW Railways. As Goa is an integral part of the State of India what the railways are engaging in is nothing less than destruction of a part of Goa's, and India's national heritage. Some of the houses belong to important political leaders. The late Chief Minister Dr Proto Barbosa and the late Mathany Saldhana's houses are among them. A building has been named after him. Why can't the government protect Mathany's own house from the barbaric acts of the SW railways? Declare Cansaulim and environ a heritage house village and strengthen Goemkarponn. Would the SW Railways do the same to other old heritage structures in India? If not, find some other place where there are no old, heritage, and priceless structures to shunt the bogies. Is it too difficult a problem to solve? PS Happy to inform everyone that SW Railway has shown sensitivity and responsibility and is no longer shunting bogeys in front of heritage house.