Jamshedpur, Feb. 24: Apart from demanding for new trains in the run-up to the Railway Budget, passengers from Kolhan wants completion of projects announced earlier and further augmenting passenger amenities on railway stations and trains. The passengers are pinning hopes. Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu will present his second railway budget on February 25.
The Chhotanagpur Passengersí Association, a leading passenger outfit of Kolhan wants completion of the ambitious Namkum-Kandra railway line project, which would reduce travel time between Jamshedpur and the state capital.
“We are keeping our fingers crossed. Survey of the Rs 1000-1,200 crore project has been done twice. It’s a pretty old demand for which we are fighting for a long time.
The issue has been raised in various forums including the recent meeting of Zonal Railway Usersí Consultative Committee (ZRUCC) held in Calcutta. We are hopeful that this year’s railway budget will announce something concrete on this long pending important project,” said Arun Tiwary, general secretary of the Chhotanagpur Passengersí Association.
The senior functionary of the passenger outfit said that they are also hopeful about construction of a railway over bridge at Jugsalai. ďThis project is also hanging fire for the last few years. During the ZRUCC meeting we emphasized much on the project, which will benefit a lot to the passengers as well as residents of Jugsalai. We also took up the issue with the South Eastern Railway general manager Ashish Kumar Goel. We are hoping the project will see light of the day,” said Tiwary.
The Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), a leading trade outfit wants a direct train service from Tatanagar to Jodhpur via Jaipur/Ajmer, Tatanagar-Ranchi inter-city express, a new train from Bokaro to Bhilai via Tatanagar, increasing the frequency of Rajdhani Express which travels between Bhubaneshwar and New Delhi via Tatanagar and increasing the number of AC coaches in long distance trains.
Vijay Anand Moonka, (Public Relations and Welfare), SCCI, and chairman of the Chamberís Railway Committee said that they had sent a 10-point memorandum highlighting their demands to the railway minister.
“We are much hopeful of this year’s budget as last year the Kolhan region failed to gain much. We want more passenger amenities on the railway stations apart from our long pending demand for a direct train for Jaipur or any other destinations in Rajasthan. A direct train for Rajasthan will benefit a sizeable number of passengers who visit to that state very frequently,” said Moonka.
Senior divisional commercial manager of Chakradharpur railway division, Satyam Prakash said that they are looking forward to the budget with great expectations. ”
Apart from new trains and increasing rail infrastructure the budget is expected to bring about improvement in overall amenities,” he said.