Dimapur railway station: plagued by neglect, encroachment

Dimapur railway station: plagued by neglect, encroachment
Heavy rush of passengers at Dimapur Railway station. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, DEC 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/8/2019 12:33:09 PM IST

Despite many promises made by union ministers and also senior officials of the Indian Railways to upgrade the passenger services and amenities at Dimapur railway station, which also continues to earn the second highest revenue (after Guwahati) to the Northeastern Frontier Railways(NFR), nothing much has taken place.

Interestingly, there are around 40 trains passing through Dimapur from Tinsukia and Dibrugarh but only Nagaland Express and BG Express operate between Dimapur to Guwahati and back. The Jan Shatabdi was initially to run between Dimapur to Guwahati but after a year or so, it was extended to Jorhat-Dimapur-Guwahati.

Notwithstanding the snail’s pace in development, the railway authorities at NFR Maligaon/ Lumding have also neglected Dimapur passenger by not even considering allotment of additional coaches in order to meet the rising demands for seats at Dimapur especially during festive seasons. Normally, there are around 4500 to 5000 travellers but hardly 3000 ticket available at Dimapur railway station.

 Earlier at an interview, the Senior Divisional Commercial manager told Nagaland Post that such a request has to be raised with the divisional operation manager and divisional railway manager. 

If the blame rests the NFR authorities, it must be also accepted that much of the blame has to be shouldered by the encroachers who continue to occupy the areas that should have been used to expand and develop the railway station to provide much needed services and amenities to thousands of passengers travelling every day. The local authorities have failed to act against encroachment and worse, it was alleged, pattas have been issued for these lands. 

There is still no canopy over platform No.2 even after decades, resulting in passengers being left exposed to the mercy of rain and heat during summer and chilly nights during winter especially when detraining. 

When asked when NFR plans to provide the canopy over platform No.2, the Assistant Commercial Manager, had said that this would depend on outcome of the case being fought in the court of law. 

This means that passengers will have to contend with entrain or detraining from the canopy-less platform. 

This issue was also highlighted in September 2018 in Nagaland Post. A railway official had informed that the original plan was for laying track number three (where goods trains are generally stationed) to be dispensed with so that platform number two could be widened to meet the requirement of having a roof built over the entire stretch of platform number two. 

However, due to encroachment causing space constraints , goods are being unloaded at platform No.2 which severely reduces passage for both incoming and outgoing passengers.

It was learnt then that the current width of the platform number two is 4.6 meters. A minimum of 6 meters width is required for a roof to be built over it and the railway authorities have planned to extend it to 9.2 meters.

The Dimapur railway station was thrown open to the public in 1903 but is fast getting eclipsed by lesser known stations between Dimapur and Guwahati where track expansion and construction of new buildings are taking place.


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