Resume Vasco-Dudhsagar train, urges Goa Tourism Minister


Vasco to Dudhsagar train will be a boon to tourist travelling to Dudhsagar water falls

Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar has urged Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to operate passenger trains from Vasco to Dudhsagar on daily basis, as the demand to visit the waterfall is growing with the onset of the monsoon.

One of the most scenic waterfalls in India, Dudhsagar literally means ‘Sea of Milk’. Though perennial, the beauty of the waterfall increases multi-fold during the rainy season, one of the major tourist attraction. Dudhsagar lies in the southern part of Goa at Mollem, towards the border with Karnataka state.

The Dudhsagar waterfall was once well connected by the South-Central Railways. However, last year, following many incidents of drowning, the railway authorities banned passengers from alighting at Dudhsagar, citing safety reasons.

The Minister, in his communication with Mr. Prabhu, promised that the Goa Tourism Department would cooperate with the local district administration to ensure that all safety measures are in place and that lives of tourists are not endangered in any way.

Mr. Parulekar mentioned in his letter that the magnificent waterfall had become a must-visit after it was featured in the Hindi movie Chennai Express.

The Goa government has suggested that the State-owned Goa Tourism Development Corporation Limited can also enter into a tie-up with the South-Central Railways to charter a bogie at a reasonable cost.

The area is remote and no immediate medical help is available. Castle Rock the nearest village is around 16 km from, while Molem town in Goa is around 17 km. Hence the responsibilities of Goa Government increases in terms of providing tourist with better medical facilities and safety.

Mid-June to October is the time when the rains hit the beautiful Goa, although an off season, this initiation would definitely attract tourist visit to Goa.