Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ganesh Chaturthi 2014, Goa




 

1.5 day Ganapati idol immersion on board ferryboat

30.8.14 9pm

Panjim Ferry
Jai Ganesha Jai Ganesh Deva
Mata Jaki Parvati Pita Maha Deva



Moriya re Bappa Moriya re

 

Ferry ramp edge
 







1.5 day onboard ferry




Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFyrBdWyf78
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0y64NBJruE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dc3mVgGfx0


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6flqLPH7sg





Panjim Area

Police Station, Municipal Garden, Boca de Vaca
Marutigad, KTC Panjim, Kamat Canteen
 
At KTC Panaji
Kamat Canteen
 
We also had Special veg thali here
Dahi curd, Salad, Pickle also come with it not seen in the pic. Choice of Puri or Roti
A bowl of Sheera or shiro seen in the thali
 
 
Marutigad / Maruti Temple
 
 
Parrikar look alike
 
 
Video, Panjim Area
Police Station, Municipal Garden, Boca de Vaca
Marutigad, KTC Panjim, Kamat Canteen
Panjim Town Police Station
 
pics
Peram, Guava



Toranjam Pomelo

 
Water logging
 

 
Bus, cars park on the Road
 

Rain visible
 
People, Bazar, Matoli items, Umbrellas, Raincoats
 

Mangoes


 

New item, What fruits?
elephant apple




 

This space 5x2 cost Rs. 500 a day as sopo tax


 

Parking on the road


 


Misc


 

This is inside the CCP Market

Wet wet wet


 

 

 

Video - Rains

Matoli Bazar Etc





 


Ponnos jackfruits


Fulam flowers



Kellim Ghelle  banana clusters


 

 

Video clip - includes Market



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Karmali Railway Station, Goa

Karmali Station
Karmali = Carambolim
Konkan Railways Route. KR Zone
Taluka: Tiswadi, North Goa 403402
Tel:(0832) 2285798

Karmali/KRMI

2 kms from Old Goa Churches




This Frontal Station pic taken in June 2009 (see more older pics below)



The same in Aug. 2014 (below)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/15059678912/in/photostream/


Karmali Railway Station is 2 km from Old Goa. Walking distance 15mins. Rickshaw charging Rs.100 which is to high (Rs.40 normal). Taxi may charge 200 for short distance.
Check here Taxi pre-paid chart for different popular destinations. 
Those with light baggage can walk upto old Goa then take bus to Panaji (Rs.12). If you lucky, you might get a bus on the way from the Station, Bus will stop anywhere on the road. (Fare Rs.15 to Panaji). There are not many buses on this route, may be one every 30-40 minutes








Prepaid Taxi Chart - August 2014

Larger view / Reading
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/14867366548/sizes/h/




 
Trains Arrival / Departure Chart
Please note: Timings usually changes during Monsoon
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/15053602142/in/photostream/

Larger view
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/15053602142/sizes/h/in/photostream/


 


Train Ticket fare chart
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/15050898351/in/photostream/

Larger view
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/15050898351/sizes/l/


 


Tea, Samosa, Bhaji or Boje  from canteen, Tea Stall
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/14867302500/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/15053968775/in/photostream/
Rs. 25 (7T +10+8)



Road opp Station, Main Road to North south Goa viz  Old Goa Panaji, Margao, Vasco
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/14867240909/in/photostream/







The Station









Taxi stand



Towards Main Road



 

Hidden board creepers all around

Konkan Kanya Express
Footbridge platform guard

 Platform 1, 2, footbridge, Tracks etc

Platform ticket


A view from the station
Chapel of Our Lady of Mount, Old goa

Height 7.354 above Main sea level (MSL)

Drinking water

 

Running water, wasting water
Station Park lawns

a hilly green view

carambolim Lake Church, hill view

Church of St John Facundo (1610), Corlim Goa



 

Road over bridge

Kochuveli - Lokamanya Tilak Train

Lake view

 

Platform 2
 

Leaking ceiling , water collected in a bin
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/14873435808/in/photostream/


Video: Double Decker Train
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2n4V3xIM9c


 Double Decker Train
The newly introduced DD premium  Ganapati Special Train was not very popular.
Journey time 11 hours stopping at thane, Panvel, Chiplun, Ratnagiri and Kankavli
It was full a/c chair (seating only) Bombay LTT to KRMI (Karmali) and back, on alternate days from
22nd August till 10th Sept making 10+10 trips up and down.  One train was cancelled  due to goods train derailment on the route.
It's actual load was  about 10-12% of it capacity which is around 960.
One time spotted  just 5 Pax alighting at Karmali the last station and the second time only 3.

Main reasons for poor response, I think,  not enough publicity and fare comparatively higher, more than 3AC fare of a regular mail/express train. 
These types of premium trains have dynamic  fare structure like that of Air Travel. Meaning, fare goes up as per demand.
Lowest fare was around 1,100 but it can go upto Rs.2,000. I tried once and it was showing up 1,550. It will only show up just before you enter your payment details
The fare includes taxes (around 50) and Catering charges which is around Rs.250.



Daily  Mandovi & Konkan Kanya fare from this station to Mumbai
Rs.380 Sleeper, 3AC Rs.1015, 2AC Rs.1465 and 1AC 2480
Mumbai Express  ex Madgaon 420 SL, 1100 3AC and 1570 2AC
Shatabdi Ex.  Madgao  Rs.270 and 930 AC Chair (CC)


By Road, Volvo a/c buses fare ranges from 700 to 1200)


Food on DD was good, according to a source (Inbound Pax). Plus free tea/coffee, welcome drinks etc
Premium Trains usually get all these/ Menu like that of Duronto and Rajdhani.
The train had one Pantry van and 1 or 2 Generator / Guard van (normal or STD size compartments) - see pic

Other reasons  could be:
- Ticket only through internet and not at booking counter.
- No reserve ticket like ladies quota, tatkal etc not even wait-listed tickets. No concession either. No half ticket, not even to children
- Once ticket bought no refund  except when the train is cancelled.
- No booking through agents
- There were others Ganapati special trains too on the  same route  or sector

Looks like the DD train never came on time, always delayed by several hours (like many trains)
except on it last trip it came around right time i.e. just after 4.30pm.

Each compartment has 120 seats.
One has to use steps (4 steps only) either to go down to lower deck or  up on the upper deck
Few seats also available at the entrance level. see seating plan chart

 pics
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/15208349091/in/photostream
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/15211412295/in/photostream/
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approaching, tracks
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/15188417806/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/15211058812/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/15024657659/in/photostream/

Upper deck
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/15211017722/in/photostream/

Lower deck
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/15024838008/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/15024835547/in/photostream/

 Seating plan, 120  per compartment
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/15211023402/in/photostream/

 Pantry, generator, guard, luggage van
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/15024841268/in/photostream/

see the size/height difference of normal and double decker compartment
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/15211033372/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk73/15211046302/in/photostream/


News update 18.9.14
DOUBLE DECKER is back


SPECIAL TRAIN FOR DIWALI AND DURGA PUJA
It has been decided to run AC Double Decker special train between LTT and Karmali on Konkan Railway route during Durga Puja and Diwali to clear extra rush of passengers. The details are as under :
  1. Train no. 02005 / 02006 LTT – Karmali – LTT AC Double Decker special (Reserved) :
    Train no. 02005 LTT – Karmali will leave from LTT at 0530 hrs and reach Karmali at 1630 hrs same day. The train will run on October 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, and 30.
    Train no. 02006 Karmali – LTT will leave from Karmali at 0600 hrs and reach LTT at 1740 hrs same day. The train will run on October 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, and 31.
    The train will halt at Thane, Panvel, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, and Sawantwadi stations. The train will have 11 coaches, including 8 double decker coaches, 2 power cars, and one pantry car.
  1. Train no. 02007 / 02008 LTT – Karmali – LTT AC Double Decker special (Reserved) :
    Train no. 02007 LTT – Karmali will leave from LTT at 0530 hrs and reach Karmali at 1600 hrs same day. The train will run on November 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.
    Train no. 02008 Karmali – LTT will leave from Karmali at 0700 hrs and reach LTT at 1740 hrs same day. The train will run on November 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12.
    The train will halt at Thane, Panvel, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Kankavali, and Sawantwadi stations. The train will have 11 coaches, including 8 double decker coaches, 2 power cars, and one pantry car







Video: Konkan Kanya Exp. arrives 26.8.14 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgyFFGChG8c




Some older pics
taken in June 2009
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk19/3607511177/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk19/3608331412/
 platforms

https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk19/3607517725/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk19/3607519855/


Prepaid Taxi chart (old)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk19/3608328810/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk19/3608330138/


Lake
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk19/3608332536/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joegoauk19/3608335130/