जोरहट Jorhat (JTTN): In separate memoranda addressed to Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, the Jorhat district unit of the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) today said that the citizens of the town have been deprived of a proper rail service and adequate infrastructure despite repeated requests.
Besides demanding the service of super-fast trains like the Rajdhani Express to and from Jorhat town, the AJYCP unit has sought the construction of two railway overbridges at the Na Ali and Gar Ali railway gates which witness a major rush during the busy hours, leading to traffic snarls along the two connecting roads.
“According to official documents, the Railway authorities released Rs 2 crore for the construction of a railway over-bridge at Na Ali during the financial year, 2011-2012. We have demanded two overbridges. Though they decided to construct only one overbridge in collaboration with the State Government, no fund has been released by the State Government. We reported the matter to the Union Railway Minister today while requesting Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to release the fund as it is a serious matter of public interest in Jorhat town,” said Siba Kalita, president of the Jorhat AJYCP unit.
Hundreds of school and college-going students, patients, businessmen and other citizens have to wait for a long time at the two railway gates at Gar Ali and Na Ali during the entry and exit of trains through the only route that passes through the town.
Protesting against the alleged negligence of the Railway authorities towards the traffic problems of Jorhat, the AJYCP today blocked the railway route near the railway station, which delayed the return of the Jana Shatabdi Express for 40 minutes from the town to Guwahati in the afternoon.
Along with the demand for including Jorhat town on the service map of the Rajdhani Express, the AJYCP also urged the Union Minister to extend the services of the North-East Express and the Avadh Assam Express to the town, which is recognised as a major commercial hub of Upper Assam.
The youth organisation also demanded that the Railway authorities should construct a line from Mariani to Jorhat town to extend the service of the Rajdhani Express to the people of the town.
Besides businessmen and patients, several officials, doctors, researchers and students of Jorhat-based institutions have to journey to Delhi and several other locations on a regular basis and therefore, the service of such a train has become the need of the hour in Jorhat, said many senior citizens of the town.