Jorhat Rail Seva Suraksha Samiti to approach Railway Minister with list of demands

जोरहाट शहर Jorhat Town (JTTN): The Rail Seva Suraksha Samiti here is planning to write to Union railway minister Sadananda Gowda after it received an “unsatisfactory” response from the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) to a number of its demands.

J.K. Agarwalla, president of the Samiti, said that one of their main demands was the inclusion of Jorhat in the Bogibeel rail-cum-road bridge project. However, the response from NFR was that Jorhat could not be included at this stage of the project, he said.

Agarwalla said a slight extension of the tracks would include Jorhat in the project.

“The Bogibeel rail-cum-road bridge at Dibrugarh will connect the south bank and the north bank of the Brahmaputra and shorten travel time to Arunachal Pradesh.

Jorhat, being an important commercial and educational hub, could have benefited had the project been extended,” he said.

The Samiti demanded that the Kamakhya-Jorhat Intercity Express, which was being run as two separate trains, run from Kamakhya to Dibrugarh via Jorhat.

It also demanded that the Guwahati-Mariani Intercity Express via Jorhat, which runs to New Jalpaiguri from Guwahati as two separate trains, be named Mariani-Jorhat Intercity Express and run to New Jalpaiguri.

The organisation also demanded the New Tinsukia to Rajendra Nagar (Patna) Express be routed through Jorhat.

It wants the Guwahati-Jodhpur/Bikaner Mail to originate from Dibrugarh and run daily and AC chair cars be attached to the Jorhat-Tinsukia passenger train.

The Samiti also demanded a bypass line at Mariani so that long-distance trains could make the turning to Jorhat.

The NFR said the work would be executed after sanction.

NFR also said the construction of a flyover at Na-Ali railway gate was sanctioned on the basis of cost sharing but was dropped owing to non-availability of funds with the Assam government.