Only lip service

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 6/13/2019 12:42:17 PM IST

 Though various senior Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) officials under Maligaon (headquarters) have honestly admitted that while Dimapur railway station is continuing to show an increase in passenger volume ; they also admitted that the demand for seats has far outweighed the availability. The issue of neglect of Dimapur passengers has been reported and commented in many reports in this newspaper since the early 90s. What passengers from Dimapur urgently need are few- increased quotas of seats to and from Nagaland’s only railway station that also caters to the need of passengers from nearby Karbi Anglong and Manipur; introduction of at least 15 trains emanating from Dimapur to cater to the growing number of passengers; canopy over platform Nos 2 and 3 ; bigger waiting rooms, wider and longer platforms; eviction of encroachers who have constructed religious structures and turning them into unauthorised guest rooms or restaurants. In this regard, the NFR authorities have to take a bold stand and if required, seek the help of the state authorities if they really believe that Dimapur should be nurtured to its full potential. Had Dimapur been in Assam, then it would have sparked vehement demands on the Centre to provide all the required facilities to travellers who contribute immensely to the Northeast Frontier Railway that makes Dimapur the second highest revenue earner. This alone would have also raised strong demands to upgrade Dimapur as a Divisional Headquarters especially in view of the ongoing expansion of the railway from Dimapur to Zubza and also Dimapur to Tuli (under Mokokchung) and Dimapur to Naginimora under (Mon). The other factor that has left Dimapur neglected is the lack of conviction from the state government and the elected MPs. It is well known that the state government, that includes its bureaucratic policy makers and elected representatives, who have made development and progress their mantra, do not seem to look beyond their own respective interests and so largely tend to ignore the larger interest of the state and its people so much so that on many occasions, these have acted against the interest of Nagaland. Close on the heels of Nagaland Post published a series of reports about how Nagaland has been deprived of the facilities provided by the Railways and decisions that were not favourable to those travelling train passengers of Dimapur, the Railway Contractors Union Nagaland (RCUN) had also chipped in with several complaints and suggestions. In most states, the state governments have been focussed on development of connectivity –rail, air and road. The government of Nagaland and its leaders have failed to successfully lobby for the travelling passengers who are not only those from the state but also thousands who travel from other parts of the country to Nagaland. When the state government continues to harp on tourism and economy, it appears to be content with the message but without a serious effort to analyse on the crucial contributing factor from rail and air travels. Many institutions are coming up and if connectivity remains as it is, it will not inspire people from outside to come to the state. It is time that the planners also devote more time to connectivity rather than on construction of buildings and other structures that do not bring dividends.

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