KOLKATA: The meeting of the Kharagpur & Adra Divisional Committee of Hon’ble Members of Parliament both from Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha under Chairmanship of Sri Ravindra Kumar Pandey, Hon,ble MP was held at South Eastern Railway Headquarters, Garden Reach today (20.09.2018).
The Hon’ble Members of Parliament viz. Sri Prasun Banerjee, Sri Pashupati Nath Singh, Smt. Sajda Ahmad, Sri Bidyut Baran Mahato, Sri Rama Chandra Hansda, Smt. Dev Varma(Moonmoon Sen), Dr. Mriganka Mahato, Sri Soumitra Khan, Smt. Sarojini Hembram, Sri Sunil Kumar Mondal and Smt. Roopa Ganguly attended the meeting and accorded their valuable suggestions for overall development of South Eastern Railway.
Sri Ajay Vijayvargiya, General Manager South Eastern Railway while welcoming the Hon’ble Members of Parliament highlighted the services rendered by South Eastern Railway to its users in respect of passenger amenities, introduction of Mail/Express trains, running of special trains, status of ongoing projects etc. While apprising the Hon’ble MPs, General Manager said that South Eastern Railway carried 150.76 million tonnes of revenue earnings freight in 2017-18 which is 2.05% more than the previous year. In the passenger front, this railway carried 259.62 million passengers which is 0.22% more than the last year. By this tremendous performance both in freight and passengers sectors, South Eastern Railway has been able to generate Rs. 14,824.40 crore in 2017-18 which is 6.34% more than the previous year, thus achieving a net surplus of Rs. 6453.32 crores, as added by General Manager, South Eastern Railway.
The necessity of holding this kind of High Level Meeting is to have direct communication between railway administration and the Hon’ble MPs for exchange of information and innovative ideas to improve amenities, safety and security of the passengers to sustain the confidence of travelling passengers as well as rail users. Hon’ble MPs held discussions on issues associated with new train services, stoppages, extension of trains, passenger facilities, cleanliness, Road Over Bridge, expeditious completion of railway projects, hygienic ambience in station premises etc. for the benefit of the passengers. South Eastern Railway administration has noted down the valuable suggestions and ideas offered by Hon’ble MPs for implementation within the railways competence. The meeting was attended by the Divisional Railway Manager, Kharagpur & Adra and all the Principal Head of the Departments of South Eastern Railway.