MPs from Nagpur & Bhusawal Divisions seek say in development of Rail facilities

NAGPUR: At least seven of the ten MPs who attended the divisional level meeting held by Central Railway on Friday here wanted that they should have a say in development process of the railway infrastructure and facilities.

The seven MPs from Nagpur and Bhusawal divisions of Central Railway and those who attended the meeting included Nana Patil (Jalgaon), Jyoti Dhurve (Betul), Prataprao Jadhav (Buldhana), Krupal Tumane (Ramtek), Ramdas Tadas (Wardha), Sanjay Dhotre (Akola), Anandrao Adsul (Amravati) and Rajya Sabha member Dr Vikas Mahatme (Nagpur). Central Railway general manager DK Sharma and DRMs of Nagpur and Bhusawal BK Gupta and RK Yadav were also present.

Though the discussions revolved around issues pertaining to respective MP’s constituencies, for the first time two committees have been formed for Nagpur and Bhusawal divisions under MPs. Nagpur division committee will be headed by Wardha MP Ramdas Tadas while Bhusawal division one will be headed by Akola MP Dhotre. These will directly represent problems and issues related to railways with the top officials.

“The directions for such committees were from the Railway Board, as meetings with MPs are not held frequently, the committee will serve the purpose,” Tadas told. A section of MPs was of the view that they should be involved in development process of railway infrastructure and creating facilities at stations in their constituency. “This will help solve many problems instead of crying over spilt milk later,” said Dr Vikas Mahatme.

Among the MPs’ wish list was an intercity between Nagpur-Ballarpur, Duronto between Nagpur-Pune and Jan Sadharan Express between Nagpur-Mumbai. They also demanded stoppages of trains at Ajni.

Railway officials said line capacity utilization had already reached 180% and operating more trains would be possible only after third and fourth lines are commissioned on different routes.

Tadas also wanted to expedite work on Wardha-Nanded-Yavatmal line. “Passengers still prefer private buses over trains to reach Nanded and Aurangabad due to frequency and less travel time,” he said and suggested to cut travel time to both the cities. Wardha MP also demanded Wi-Fi facility at all important stations between Nagpur and Mumbai.

Dhotre demanded a revamp of Akola station by utilizing vacant railway land for commercial purposes on PPP basis. On his demand to install escalators, Sharma said work to set up two escalators was already in progress and will be completed by September.

Earlier, CR General Manager Sharma commissioned 225th loco at Ajni electric loco shed. The shed achieved milestone by increasing its annual maintenance capacity to 225. The 225th loco that rolled out on Friday was named ‘Ojas’.