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Union Railway minister to take decision on issue of double tracking: CM

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Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said that the decision on double tracking of the railway line will be taken after consulting Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

He also said that the issue of reducing coal handling capacity at Goa’s Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) would be taken up during the upcoming visit of Union Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.

The double tracking of the South Western Railway line has been opposed by section of people and the opposition parties claiming that it is being done to help coal handling companies to transport their cargo from MPT to their plants in Karnataka.

Sawant told reporters in Panaji that the issue about double tracking and the opposition for it has been put forth before the Union Railway Minister. “The minister will take call on it,” he said.

The Chief minister said that as far as reduction of coal handling at MPT would be discussed with Union Shipping Minister, who is scheduled to arrive in the state during first week of December.

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