Dhubri, Feb. 9: A team of high-level railway officials from Alipur railway division under Northeast Frontier Railway led by additional divisional railway manager Indrajit Singh visited Dhubri today to inspect tracks, five newly constructed stations, security aspects, reservation facilities and passenger amenities.
Singh visited with 20 high-level officials to clear the decks for running of two more trains — Rajyarani Express train between Dhubri and Silghat and Dhubri and New Jalpaiguri Inter-City Express.
The trains will be flagged off from Dhubri station on February 11.
When a special train from Alipur junction reached Dhubri station today, the team was accorded a warm welcome by Dhubri Bikash Aru Pragati Manch.
The chief convener of the Manch, Shyamal Sanyal, submitted a memorandum to the team demanding a direct express train between Dhubri and Sealdah, running of goods train in view of upcoming Dhubri river port at Dhubri, deployment of more RPF jawans and drinking water facilities at Dhubri station.
Sanyal while expressing satisfaction over introducing of two more trains from Dhubri said Dhubri being a hub of trade and commerce, one more direct train between Dhubri and Sealdah and running of goods train up to Dhubri would help business in this part of Assam.
Singh said he would look into the aspects and said introducing more trains would automatically increase passenger amenities and facilities.
Singh also assured a delegation of the Manch to place the demands before the higher authorities for consideration.
The railway team also visited the newly constructed stations at Maradanga, Tufanganj, Boxirhat, Bidyardabri and Agomoni and took stock of situation there.
The five stations are constructed on a 58.9km stretch between New Cooch Behar and Golokganj.
Former member of Alipur divisional railway users consultative committee, Bhagawati Bajaj, was also present during the inspection at Dhubri station.
He told this correspondent that he would also raise the demand for extending goods train services to Dhubri in view of the opening of the Dhubri river port in a very short time and a Dhubri-Sealdah Express train for the larger interest of the people of this district.
Goods trains have already started running on the newly constructed broad gauge line between New Cooch Behar and Golokganj from February 6. There is vast land under the railway department adjoining Dhubri station where a goods yard and godown could also be constructed, Bajaj added.
A senior member of the Manch, Nirmal Sarma, while expressing concern over growing criminal activities in and around the Dhubri station, said it becomes impossible to be at the station with families at night because of a presence of anti-social elements. “Beside this, railway property in and around Dhubri railway station are being damaged and stolen frequently and these issues related to Dhubri railway station should be addressed first,” Sarma added.