Rail Passenger Associations plea to PM on Namkum-Kandra Railway project

Ranchi: Various railway passenger associations have renewed their demand for execution of the Namkum-Kandra project, with a fresh missive to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Members of the outfits have urged the Prime Minister to speed up the proposed Namkum-Kandra railway line, which will shorten the distance between the state capital and Jamshedpur by over 90km.

“Residents of Jamshedpur, who take flights from Birsa Munda airport, have to travel for nearly three hours to reach Ranchi. The new rail link will help them reach the state capital in little more than an hour,” said Arun Tiwari, general secretary of Chotanagpur Passengers’ Association.

At present, the railway line between Ranchi and Jamshedpur passes through Silli-Muri and is nearly 190km long. If direct tracks are laid through Bundu and Tamar, the distance will come down to 100km.

In the letter, it has been further pointed out that once the direct railway line came up, economic activity in the towns between the state capital and the steel city would boom. It will also help students as Ranchi is an education hub.

Similar letters have been written to Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh, chief minister Hemant Soren and state Congress chief Sukhdeo Bhagat.