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Khekiho Zhimomi highlights plight of State railways
Published on 10 Jul. 2009 1:01 AM IST
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The lone Rajya Sabha MP from Nagaland, Khekiho Zhimomi presenting his speech in the assembly session on Railway budget on Thursday highlighted the negligence of Nagaland by the successive railway ministers. He stated that the term ‘Naga Hills’ coined by the Britishers did not consist only of hills and that several economically viable railway lines could be established. Representing the long-standing demands of the people of Nagaland, he asserted that the foremost necessity was the construction of a rail-link between Dimapur and Kohima. Reiterating on the assurance given by former railway minister Lalu Prasad of establishing railheads in all state capitals, he lamented no headway had been made and the matter was dragging indefinitely. Asserting the vitality of creating railways a new railway line between Dimapur-Niuland and Tizu town-via-Tuli Paper Mill and Borjan Coal Field, Naginimora with a link to Samulguri railway station in Assam, he said the link would serve not only the area and its population but will also facilitate transportation of coal extracted from the Borjan Coal Field, Naginimora. Stating on the importance of Dimapur railway station which serves not only Nagaland but Manipur as well, he suggested atleast Dimapur railway station should be included in ADARSH stations serving two states if it could not be included in world class stations. Khekiho also requested the union railway minister to increase the quota for Dimapur railway station which at present has only two berths in 1st AC, 18 in 2nd AC and 48 berths in 3rd AC seats and further asserted the need to extend the halting time of Rajdhani Express at Dimapur Station from 5 minutes to atleast 20 minutes.

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