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NFR concerned over land encroachment

NFR concerned over land encroachment
Sanjiv Roy with railway officials and NRCUN members in Dimapur, Wednesday.
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Jan 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/22/2020 12:27:49 PM IST

Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) general manager, Sanjiv Roy has expressed regret that encroachment on railway land in Dimapur has hampered development of the NFR’s second highest revenue generating - Dimapur railway station. Roy said this Wednesday during his visit to Dimapur railway station to inspect various facilities and inaugurate various developmental projects. 

He however expressed the hope that through cooperation from government, civil society groups and general public towards betterment of Dimapur railway station, more development activities could be ushered to make the station among the most developed in the region. It may be mentioned, that Dimapur railway station handles not less than around five thousand passengers a day. Passengers are in dire need of seats but instead, NFR provides hardly 600 seats for around 5000 passengers.

Encroachment has restricted the width of Platform No.2 to just six meters while the required space is nine meters in order to construct a canopy over the platform. 

The narrow width causes severe constriction during rush hour made worse when cargo goods are dumped on the platform. During summer and winter, passengers are subjected to the mercy of the weather. The encroachment has also restricted development of passenger utility areas at the front where two mandirs have come up along with a guest house.

The Nagaland Railway Contractors Union (NRCUN) also submitted a representation to the GM for upgradation and development of the railway station.  NRCUN through its present Niuto Awomi and general secretary Mughaho Zhimomi, urged upon NFR to construct a new station building with bigger and better facilities for passengers. The Union also asked NFR to deal with encroachment issue with severity in order to clear that path for developmental activities and also strengthen security within the railway premises. 

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