Naharlagun (NHLN): Arunachal Pradesh Governor JP Rajkhowa today paid a surprise visit to the Naharlagun railway station to personally see whether the facilities were adequate for the passengers as well as railway officials.
An official release said that the Governor inspected the train bogies, hygiene, security set up, amenities for the passengers and catering services.
He was surprised to find ‘inadequate’ arrangements at the station. There were no provisions for supply of drinking water, tea, food stuff, etc., as there was not a single ‘licenced’ shop.
The Governor expressed displeasure on the state of the railway station. He pointed out that although the railway is new (in Arunachal Pradesh) but the wagons are very old.
The newly laid Harmuti-Naharlagun rail line was dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 20 last by flagging off two trains – an AC Express between Naharlagun and New Delhi; and the Inter-City Express between Naharlagun and Guwahati.
While interacting with the railway officials, the Governor made a strong pitch that the bogies should be replaced with new ones, cleanliness must be maintained at all cost and station should be adequately staffed. Rangiya Divisional Railway officials brought to the notice of the Governor that the Division had already initiated steps to upgrade the movement of quality rolling stock in the region and necessary arrangements are on cards, and are expecting arrival of new stock of coaches shortly.
Accompanied by first lady of the State, Rita Rajkhowa, the Governor also visited the Naharlagun helipad.
Naharlagun Railway Station is a railway station located in Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh. It is about 15 km to the state capital Itanagar. Railway’s goal of providing connectivity to all state capitals of the northeastern region, a survey was conducted in 1997 for a new line from Harmuti to Itanagar and the project was sanctioned in 1996-97 Railway Budget as a Metre Gauge line. The approval of the state government was received in 2006, but the alignment had to be changed in 2010 on the request of the state government and finally the line was taken up as a Broad Gauge line from Harmuti to Naharlagun. The engine trial run was completed on October 15, 2012. The railway station was opened on April 7, 2014.