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Rail demand charter ready

Bhagalpur, Dec. 21: Local industrialists will hand over a charter of demands to minister of state for railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday for better facilities and services in the Bhagalpur region.

Chowdhury, scheduled to visit Bhagalpur, would inaugurate the newly constructed tracks from Mandar Hill in Banka to Hansdiha in Dumka, Jharkhand, on Saturday.

Mukutdhari Agarwala, the Eastern Bihar Industries Association president, said the 20-point charter of demands would be handed over to Chowdhury when he reaches here from Calcutta to attend the Mandar Hill station on Friday morning.

All the demands are related to the welfare of passengers of the Kiul-Sahebganj section, which generates high revenues but lacks basic infrastructure.

He said the association demanded for a new railway division in Bhagalpur and would request the minister to provide budgetary allocation and appointment of new divisional manager here in the 2013 railway budget.

According to him, the association would request the minister to complete doubling of the Bhagalpur-Barharwa single track and also completing electrification on the Kiul-Sahebganj section.

The memorandum would also urge the minister to introduce a Rajdhani Express touching this section and a Duronto Express from Bhagalpur to Howrah, direct trains for Jaipur, Gorakhpur, developing Vikramshila railway station near the site of ancient world university Vikramshila Mahavihar, completing the Bhagalpur-Rampurhat via Dumka and Sultanganj-Deoghar tracks soon, a railway warehouse at Jagdishpur among others.

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