Bilasipara: In the mass convention held at Bilasipara, leaders of various parties stressed the need to launch a movement to mount pressure on the Union railway ministry to immediately expedite work on the project from Gauripur to Jogighopa.
Work on the project was stopped in May this year owing to non-sanctioning of funds though the railway ministry in its last budget had reportedly sanctioned Rs 145 crore. The fund was not routed to the Northeast Frontier Railway for reasons best known to the ministry, several leaders alleged.
The mass convention was organised by the New Moinaguri-Jogighopa New Railway Line Demand Committee at the Pratima Barua Pandey Memorial Hall in Bilasipara town today.
New Moinaguri is in Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district.
Speaking on the occasion, former Bengal forest minister Ananta Roy, a member of the committee, said the railway department thought that completion of a part of the project from New Cooch Behar to Dhubri would bring an end to their movement. But their movement is still alive and the demand committee will not stop until the rest of the project is completed, Roy said.
Former Bengal legislator Tamser Ali, also a member of the committee, while demanding the railway ministry complete the work immediately, said the former joint-convener of the committee, late Chandi Paul who led this movement, used to say that if people did not come out to the streets to get their demands fulfilled, the government would not do anything. “So now instead of sitting idle, we have to hit the streets and get our demands fulfilled,” Ali added.
Addressing the convention, Dhubri district AGP president Amal Kumar Saha stressed the speedy completion of the railway project and demanded a new express train from Dhubri to Calcutta to be introduced soon.
Leaders of all political parties including the Congress and BJP spoke at the convention and demanded the project to be completed soon.
Earlier, one of the two joint conveners, Tazmul Haque, in his speech, traced the outline of the 17-year movement of the demand committees and said all the political parties have now joined hands and come to one platform with a common demand to complete the project.
Completion of this railway project will not only boost the railway communication of this region but will bring a sea change in the economic condition of the people, Haque added.
The meeting was presided by former Deputy Speaker Giasuddin Ahmed.
Former Bengal legislator Dipak Kumar Sarkar, AGP legislator of North Abhayapuri of Assam, Bhupen Roy, Dhubri district Congress president Sushil Roy, AIUDF leader Abdul Motin, former AGP legislator Prasanta Kumar Barua, Dhubri district BJP president Dipak Kumar Saha and Dhubri district SUCI leader Azahar Hussain addressed the convention.