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Commuters resent NFR decision

Dhubri, March 5: Commuters from Dhubri and its neighbouring districts have resented the NF Railway’s move to ply the Rajyarani Express during day only.

The railway took the decision in December to stop plying the train at night after threat of militant attacks on the 66km track from Dhubri to Fakiragram.

However, the commuters said running the train during the day did not serve any purpose for a person who wanted to get some official work done in Guwahati as the whole day was wasted in reaching the city. The train leaves Dhubri at 8.45am and arrives in Guwahati at 2.30pm.

Dhubri Bikash Aru Pragati Mancha, an organisation agitating for the improvement of railway services, wanted to know if the other long-distance trains could ply on the track at night then why the railway withdrew the Rajyarani Express.

“Is the law and order situation so bad that security cannot be provided on this 66km track? Running of trains at night have not been cancelled anywhere in the country, including the Maoist-infested areas,” the chief convener of the Mancha, Shyamal Sanyal, said.

A night bus service union active in this part of the state incurred huge losses after night trains started from Dhubri and it might have lobbied for the cancellation of the Rajyarani Express at night, Sanyal alleged.

An officer (traffic) in Alipur railway division said if Dispur did not give security clearance, the railways could not run the train.

NF Railway general manager R.S. Virdi said the night train service was withdrawn on the advice of the state government. “If the state government advices us to run the train after reviewing security scenario, we will do it.”