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Naga Council plea for railway amenities
Published on 9 Sep. 2010 12:24 AM IST
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Highlighting the “genuine plight” of all commuters at the Dimapur Railway Station, the Naga Council (NC) Wednesday forwarded a 9-point memorandum to the general manager Northeast Frontier Railways, Maligaon Assam through the station superintendent, Dimapur Railway Station appealing for more amenities which it said deserved prompt attention.
The Naga Council welcomed the newly created Passenger Reservation section but pointed out that there was not a single enquiry counter at the complex causing inconvenience to public as the staff operating the counters meant for issuing tickets was under obligation to cater to countless queries from commuters. Stating that every passenger/commuter has the right to be informed, the Council requested for a separate enquiry counter at the earliest possible.
It urged the railway authorities to continue the Mariani Special train, which crosses Dimapur Station at 6:30 am towards Guwahati but discontinued on August 14. The NC said this has caused great inconvenience to passengers travelling from Dimapur who otherwise could shuttle between Dimapur and Guwahati on same day, and urged for restoration of the service or an alternative arrangement be made by introducing a similar train.
An appeal was also made for increasing the frequency of the newly introduced five days a week Kamakhya Express that crosses Dimapur at around 11am to a daily train.
Further, the Naga Council said that the Jan Shatabdi and Rajdhani halting time at Dimapur Station should be extended to at least 10 minutes to enable public sufficient time to board and disembark, as Dimapur was a major stop with huge commuter traffic from two states.
The memorandum contained an appeal for the Platform No. 2 to be covered with roof and construction of another foot-bridge connecting Platform No. 2 for safe and easy communication. The NC noted that this was an urgent need because due to short stoppage of trains, commuters have to rush crossing over tracks that were hazardous and endangered public life and safety.
Appreciating the railways for providing the biggest parking space outside the Railway Station, the NC pointed out that there were no urinals/toilets in the parking area, which was an urgent need to the public.
The railway authorities were also urged to provide an exclusive ‘Ladies bogie’ in each of Jan Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains which shall exclusively accommodate females as provided elsewhere.
The Naga Council appealed for reservation of 10 seats as special quota in each of Jan Shatabdi, Rajdhani, BG Express, and Intercity for local aged and senior citizens.
Naga Council president Savi Liegise and general secretary Ntsemo Ngullie under whose names the memorandum was issued said that the Dimapur Railway Station deserved a fair deal considering the fact that Dimapur was among the highest revenue-generating model station under NFR.

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