Hordes Of People Head To Dudhsagar Falls; Denied Entry, Railway Police Issues Ban

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Hordes Of People Head To Dudhsagar Falls; Denied Entry, Railway Police Issues Ban

Just a few days after the Goa government issued a ban on people visiting the waterfalls in wildlife sanctuaries, a new ban came into effect. The Railway police have banned people from trekking to the Dudhsagar Falls without getting permission from the Goa government. This decision came after hordes of people were seen on the railway tracks to visit the majestic cascading waterfall. 

Hordes Of People Head To Dudhsagar Falls

On Sunday morning, hundreds of people were seen walking on the tracks near the cascading waterfall. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) officials and the Forest Department officials stopped these people as they were on their way to Dudhsagar Falls.

A video where hundreds of people were stopped on the railway track by officials has already gone viral. Officials informed me that people took trains that passed by this waterfall and deboarded here. This is because the roads leading to those areas have been closed as a result of heavy rainfall in those areas. 

According to the officials, people visiting the waterfall were mostly from Goa and Karnataka. They belonged to Mangalore, Bengaluru, Uttara Kannada, and Maharashtra districts. Dudhsagar Falls is situated on the Goa-Karnataka border. The people were also asked to do sit-ups as a punishment and were sent back. 

South Western Railway Issues Advisory

Looking at the situation as so many people thronged the scenic spot, the South Western Railway issued an advisory for the general public. It asked people to witness the beauty of the majestic Dudhsagar waterfalls from their respective coach windows only. 

It was mentioned that walking on the tracks challenges not only their safety but is also considered an offence. The Railway Act’s Section 147 and Section 259 were also mentioned. The official account requested that people follow the rules and cooperate for their own safety. De-boarding at any station near Brazanga Ghat has been prohibited.

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