State Information Commissioner (SIC), Nagaland Rev Dr Pongsing Konyak has expressed happiness over inclusion restoration of train services to Naginimora in the recent Railway budget speech by Mamata Banerjee. In a press release SIC stated that he had written to successive union railway ministers in the past but Mamata Banerjee had acted on the request of the people within six months after receiving his representation followed up MP CM Chang and the Konyak Union. The release stated inclusion of Naginimora –Amguri was found under ’Socially desirable rail connectivity proposals ‘Page 24 serial number 69, while mention was made about connectivity to Tuli on page 26 and serial number 106 of the speech delivered by the railway minister. Mamata Banerjee had also proposed to update the surveys for two lines in order to process it through the planning commission for necessary approvals. In this connection SIC requested chief minister of Nagaland, Members of parliament, Konyak ministers and MLAs and Konyak Union to pursue the matter in order to translate wishes of the people into reality without further delay.
The release added that Naginimora was one of the oldest railway lines in country, being established in 1926 with services for freight and passengers from Simaluguri in Sibsagarh district in Assam till Naginimora in Mon district of Nagaland. Unfortunately, the services were terminated in 1980s without consultation with Nagaland Government or people of Mon and lines have decayed unnoticed by anyone. The release further stated that since the restoration of the rail lines were about to become a reality all those who had encroached the land should take it as advance notice and vacate the same.