Concern over rail decision

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By Samsul Alam
  • Published 9.11.14
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Haflong. Nov. 8: Residents of Dima Hasao are upset over NF Railway's reversal of decision to preserve the metre gauge line from Mahur to Harangajao as a heritage line.

The 49km line is a part of the Lumding-Silchar meter gauge line, which stopped operating from October 1 to facilitate conversion work. The road distance between Mahur and Harangajao is 67km.

Kailan Daulagapu, president of Jadikhe Naiso Hosom, the apex body of the Dimasas, today said the metre gauge line would have helped more than 100 villages to communicate and attract tourists which would have created revenue. Moreover, the 114-year-old stretch could have been preserved too. Besides, the Lumding-Silchar broad gauge conversion would not have been affected by preserving the Mahur-Harangajao stretch as the broad gauge line passes through another route.

Sources said the reason for the NF Railway's reversal of decision was not known.

Fourteen organisations, comprising student and civil society groups, have submitted a memorandum to the chairman of Railway Board, demanding that the metre gauge line which reflects the pre-Independence history of the railway and has a deep-rooted connection with the region, be preserved.

Haflong MLA Gobinda Chandra Langthasa also expressed concern over non-implementation of the heritage project.