THANE: Thane District Rail Passengers Association(TDRPA) urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to revive the Dahanu-Nashik railway line demand for which is pending for a very long time.
Addressing a news conference here on Saturday the founder of the Association Om Prakash Sharma told the media here that a memorandum, detailing the once proposed rail link, has been sent to the Prime Minister with a request to consider and revive it.
He said that the demand for the rail link was not a new one and in fact the first demand was made in 1952 by the then MP and then repeatedly the representatives of the region have been making the same demand.
Meanwhile, some years back the survey for the proposed railway line with 13 stations was carried out but later the entire project was shelved as not feasible and still remains so.
This railway link would help in upliftment of the lives of the lakhs of tribals in the district of Palghar, Thane and Nashik and would also avert the exodus of the tribals in search of jobs elsewhere, Mr Sharma pointed.
He said it would also go a long way in arresting the cases of malnutrition deaths and child deaths which haunts the districts and add to the tourism in Jawhar and Suryamal besides pilgrimage to Nashik district and Trimbakeshwar.
He urged the Prime Minister to give serious thought to the demand of the lakhs of tribals and said that all party MPs even raised the issue in the house several times.
Once completed, this rail link would be a befitting tribute to late Prime Minister AB Vajpayee, who during his visit to Jawhar on April 01, 2004, declared that he was in favor of this rail link.
The copy of the memorandum has also been sent to the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Mr Sharma added.