Quality infrastructure and amenities are the keys for improved passenger satisfaction. Minister of Railways is focusing on enhancing the services at railway stations to achieve high quality passenger satisfaction. Konkan Railway in its continued efforts and dedicated approach to community has taken various initiatives under the able leadership of Hon’ble Minister of Railways Shri Piyush Goyal by way of providing more and better passenger facilities/amenities to the passengers.
Goa is one of the premium tourist destination in the country. Considering the influx of passengers, Konkan Railway has initiated an action by way of improvement in passenger amenities & Railway Infrastructure.
Keeping in view the aims and objectives of customer satisfaction, Hon'ble Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of AYUSH, Shri Shripad Naik along with Hon'ble MP Shri Narendra Sawaikar & Hon'ble MP Shri Vinay Tendulkar and other dignitaries, inaugurated the following improved passenger amenities & laid Foundation Stone for various works in a function held at Madgaon station on 07/03/2019 :
Laying of Foundation Stone :
(1) Tourism Infrastructure development at Madgaon, Karmali and Thivim Station :
In view of promoting tourism in the state of Goa, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has released the fund of ` 25 Crore under their Central Financial Assistance Scheme for betterment of tourism infrastructure development at Madgaon, Karmali and Thivim Stations which include various works like construction of public building with tourist arrival center cum reception center and parking building at Madgaon and Thivim Stations. Improvement of station and station surrounding including road connectivity, pedestrian track, improving passenger amenities like waiting room, toilets, drinking water facilities, escalators, platform flooring and various other passengers amenities at Madgaon, Karmali and Thivim stations. Interpretation center cum bird observatory deck will be developed at Karmali Station which will be an added tourist attraction.
(2) Capacity Augmentation of Madgaon – Majorda Section and Additional passenger amenities at Madgaon station:
Foundation stone has been laid for the works of capacity augmentation of Madgaon - Majorda section, in which one new island platform and a loop line will be constructed at Madgaon station with an estimated cost of ` 44 Crore as a upgradation of amenities to improve the convenience and comfort of passengers. Automatic signaling system will be introduced between Madgaon & Majorda section. This will de-congest Madgaon Station, and also reduce the detention of trains in this section.
(3) 180 kWp On-Grid Solar Power generating system at Madgaon station :
As an initiative towards a Green India and to become self-sufficient in power generation there-by reducing cost and greenhouse gases, 180 kWp On-Grid Solar Power generating system will be installed at Madgaon station. A fund of ` 1.81 Crore has been allotted by Shri Narendra Sawaikar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, South Goa under the MPLAD scheme.
(4) Provision of Platform Surfacing at Thivim Station:
As an initiative to provide better passenger amenities, platform surfacing using interlocking paver blocks will be provided on both platforms at Thivim Station. Shri. Vinay Tendulkar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Goa allotted a fund of Rs. 1 Crore for this work under MPLAD Scheme. Platform Surfacing will facilitate convenient movement of passengers with their baggage which will also improve aesthetics, maintainability and upkeep of Thivim Railway Station.
(1) Provision of of Butterfly Platform Shelters (Platform – 1 & 4) and Modified Half Round Shelter (Platform - 4) at Madgaon station :
Madgaon station is most important station in Goa with maximum footfall. Providing Butterfly Platform Shelters on two Platforms ( Nos: 1 & 4) and Modified Half Round Shelter on Platform No: 4 of Madgaon Railway Station will ensure protection of passengers from sun & rain. A fund of Rs. 2.04 Crore has been allotted by Shri Narendra Sawaikar, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, South Goa under the MPLAD scheme.
Konkan Railway always believes in providing better services to its passengers for their comfortable and safe journey.