The Railway Protection Force (RPF), Goa Forest Guards, and Goa Police were shown in videos on social media, redirecting hundreds of tourists to prevent overcrowding at Goa’s scenic Dudhsagar Waterfalls. The railway authorities cautioned travelers against disembarking from trains and walking along tracks to visit the waterfalls during the monsoon season, as it was deemed unsafe. The RPF, along with other authorities, was deployed to manage the crowds and ensure compliance.
Dudhsagar Waterfall Entry is Banned by Goa Forest Department
The South Western Railway emphasized the importance of enjoying the beauty of Dudhsagar Falls from within the train coaches. They highlighted that walking on or along the tracks not only jeopardizes personal safety but also violates sections 147 and 159 of the Railway Act. Additionally, it poses risks to the safety of trains. Disembarking at Dudhsagar or any other station along the Braganza Ghat was strictly prohibited, and all passengers were urged to cooperate and adhere to the safety guidelines.
Due to road routes being closed by the Goa Forest Department to prevent flash floods and swollen streams, trekkers and tourists often choose to travel by trains that pass through the area, such as the Nizamuddin – Vasco da Gama Goa Express and Yesvantpur – Vasco da Gama Express.
On a particular day, visitors from both Karnataka and Collem stations in Goa attempted to access Dudhsagar Falls via the railway tracks but were stopped by the police. Reports suggest that entry was prohibited due to reported deaths at the falls, prompting calls for the government to implement measures that would allow everyone to enjoy the falls while ensuring visitor safety.
In response to overcrowding and misconduct complaints at popular waterfalls, especially on weekends, the Goa Forest Department banned entry to waterfalls within wildlife sanctuaries in the state. Such incidents are unfortunate as drownings are a recurring problem during the monsoon season when waterfalls attract picnickers and revelers.
The concerns raised on social media have prompted discussions about the need for the government and forest department to regulate access to sanctuaries, with a focus on managing visitor numbers and behavior.