Centre urged to make Dimapur terminating point for Nagaland Exp

Centre urged to make Dimapur terminating point for Nagaland Exp
Paiwang and Vaishnaw
DIMAPUR, NOV 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/22/2021 1:25:57 PM IST

Nagaland transport, civil aviation, railways and land resources minister, P Paiwang Konyak has urged Union railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw to make Dimapur railway station the terminating point for Nagaland Express again.

It may be mentioned that the issue was highlighted by this newspaper in December 2020, where officials had, in an exclusive interview with Nagaland Post, disclosed about the decision. It was made known that the extension was necessitated due to decrease in number of train passengers at Dimapur due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Calling on the railway minister at his office in Delhi on Monday, Konyak said the State government had on two occasions requested Railway Board to “revoke” the decision to make Ledo station as the terminating point for Nagaland Express. However, a favourable action from the Railway Board was still awaited, he added.

According to deputy director and PRO Nagaland House Delhi, Kuolie Mere, the state government had pointed out that Nagaland Express was the only passenger train that terminated and started from Dimapur station. However, the move to terminate at Ledo was not justified, as it was 150 km away from Dimapur. 

Besides being the lifeline for the State, the government also highlighted that Dimapur was the second highest revenue-generating station under NFR. 

After a fruitful discussion, Vaishnaw assured to personally look into the matter, PRO said.

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