Confusion prevailed over the official government stand on the demand to revoke the district Collector’s NOC issued to the Railways to execute work on laying the double track at the Chandor railway crossing on the intervening night of November 1-2.
Indications emanating from the railways stated that the railways may take a decision on Saturday as it is believed to have received a message from the administration to explore the possibility of postponing the work scheduled at Chandor November 2 as the day coincides with the All Souls Day.
While Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao informed that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has issued instructions to the South district Collector to direct the railways not to proceed with the work at the Chandor railway crossing, South Goa district Collector, Ajit Roy told The Goan on Friday evening that his office has not issued any instructions to the railways to stop the work on November 2.
In fact, the district Collector pointed out that since his office has already issued the NOC to the railways to carry out the work at the Nessai, Chandor and Davorlim railway crossings, that it is now purely left to the railways to take a call on the matter.
A senior railway official said that a final decision will be taken by the railways on Saturday on the matter taking into account that November 2 is being observed as All Souls Day.
Meanwhile, Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao told media that he has impressed upon the Chief Minister to stop the proposed work at the Chandor railway crossing on November 2 since the day coincides with the All Souls Day. “I told the Chief Minister that his government should not take the curses of the people of Goa by bringing them on the roads on All Souls Say’, he said, while stating that the Chief Minister has assured to instruct the South Goa district Collector to stop the proposed work at the Chandor railway crossing on November 2.