Siliguri Jn (SGUJ): The ‘Brihattama Siliguri Nagarik Mancha’ demanded the name of the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station to be changed to New Siliguri Railway Station. The members of the Mancha led by the president Sunil Sarkar and general secretary Ratan Kumar Banik submitted a deputation regarding the renaming of the station to the North-East Frontier Railway Area Manager, Partha Sarathi Sil.
Speaking on the issue, Banik said the first train started from the NJP station back in July 7, 1964. The first train to commute was the Janata Express, which travelled from NJP to Sealdah station in Kolkata. The tickets bore the name of the station as ‘New Siliguri’ at that time. Currently, the station falls under the Siliguri Commissionerate at Ward No. 35, he pointed out.
Justifying their point, the Nagarik Mancha members said Jalpaiguri is 45 km away from Siliguri and that names of several stations in Kolkata have been altered with time. Banik further said the deputation has been addressed to the Central Railway Ministry through Partha Sil.
A demand has also been placed claiming the liberation of the NJP station from the jurisdiction of the Katihar division so that a separate NJP division could be established. Besides, increased security of the passengers has also been demanded. (EOIC)