More coaches needed to address rail connectivity issue of Nagaland

More coaches needed to address rail connectivity issue of Nagaland
A view of the Dimapur Railway station as passengers wait for train. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/10/2019 11:27:06 AM IST

Despite knowing that demand for seats by train passengers from Dimapur far exceeded the available quotas, the Northeastern Frontier Railway (NFR) has done precious little to mitigate the problem.

Even with the present meagre seats available as against the huge demand, Dimapur railway station remains as the second highest revenue earner for the NFR. Each day, hundreds of desperate passengers are compelled to be crammed inside the Non-AC bogies and have to pay for the benevolence of Ticket Examiners. 

There have also been persistent complaints from passengers who had valid reservation tickets of having to share their berths with other passengers.

The volume of train passengers continues to grow substantially but the NFR has remained unmoved.

Only two daily Express trains emanate from Dimapur and Guwahati-- Nagaland Express that departs Dimapur at around 6 a.m. while the same departs Guwahati at around 11 p.m.; BG Express departs Guwahati at around 2 p.m. and after arrival at Dimapur returns to Guwahati at around 9.45 p.m. 

A railway official at the Dimapur said passengers generally preferred Nagaland Express as the same train departs from Guwahati for Dimapur at around 11 p.m. In addition to the two, the Guwhati-Jorhat Jan Shatabdi Exp leaves Guwahati for Dimapur enroute Jorhat at 6.30 a.m. and on return halts at Dimapur for around five minutes enroute Guwahati and departs at 4.30 p.m. 

The other train is the Intercity that departs Dimapur 11.p.m. for Guwahati and the next day leaves Guwahati at 8 p.m. for Dimapur. 

The railway official informed Nagaland Post that there were no “off seasons” as the heavy rush for tickets was constant throughout the year. He said the number of passengers increased significantly during peak festival seasons like Holi, Dipawali, Chaat Puja and Christmas holidays, besides elections in neighbouring States.

The official further said that, apart from the two daily trains originating from Dimapur, there were around ten other trains that ply through Dimapur during the day and another 12 to 16 trains that ply through Dimapur at night

Meanwhile, speaking to this reporter, Lumding-based senior divisional commercial manager Ashok K Dey contended that the only option was to increase number of seats or additional trains to accommodate the increasing volume of passengers from Dimapur. 

Dey assured that he would apprise the senior divisional operation manager and divisional railway manager on the need for additional coaches and raise a request for addition of coaches in trains currently plying from Dimapur.


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