Bhopal: Following a Union railway ministry’s decision to end halts of six trains and divert them from Bhopal station from November this year, a worried Member of Parliament Alok Sanjar called on Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu while urging him to either cancel diversion of these trains from Bhopal Junction or develop Nishatpura railway station, as per suggestion of railway consultative committee.
Sanjar met Prabhu with his request in his New Delhi office, on Monday. Prabhu assured that he would keep services being provided to passengers in mind and promised to call a meeting before taking any decision.
As per a July 12, 2016 notification, railway ministry decided to end halts of six trains, in wake of the burgeoning rail traffic and burden on tracks heading towards the junction station. The trains are Malwa Express (up and down), Indore-Bareilly Express, Indore-Rajendranagar Express (19313), Indore-Rajendranagar Express (19321), Ahmedabad-Kolkata Express and Shipra Express. These trains are scheduled to go from Bairagarh to Nishatpura.
At the meeting, Sanjar said, “Bhopal railway station is located in the city centre and therefore people find it easily approachable. Moreover, as new platform number 6 was developed during Simhastha 2016, traffic has also lessened at the station. So, there is no point in diverting routes of trains.”
The letter submitted to Prabhu mentioned how diversion of these trains would have adverse effect. It said that Bairagarh and Nishatpura are located about 25-30 kilometres from prominent areas of Bhopal and passengers would find it difficult in reaching these stations to catch a train.
About Malwa Express, he said that many pilgrims heading for Vaishno Devi, Amarnath and other religious spots hop onto this train while Bairagarh railway station is ill-equipped to cater to such large number of devotees.
He suggested that in case Nishatpura is developed with upgraded facilities of a state-level railway station, then there would be no problem in diverting these trains.
“However, as of now, both these stations where the six trains have been diverted to, do not adequate passenger-friendly facilities. So, Nishatpura should first be developed and only then important trains like Malwa Express be diverted to that station. Otherwise, travellers would face problems,” Sanjar told.