Guwahati: Concluding a two-day visit to Assam on Friday, the Union minister of State for railways Darshana Jardosh met State chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in the city, where they discussed on some important railway projects being implemented in the State.
In view of repeated wild elephant deaths primarily caused by railway accidents in Deepor Beel area, CM Sarma requested the railway minister to help constructing an elevated corridor to give an obstruction free passage to the tuskers from Rani hills to the wetland.
He also insisted on expediting the electrification works in railway tracks in Assam and also extending the double track project up to Dibrugarh in eastern Assam. With regard to under-construction flyovers over the railway tracks in some localities, Sarma urged the minister to impress the NFR authority to resolve the issues amicably.
Ms Jardosh also called on Assam Governor professor Jagdish Mukhi at Raj Bhavan and apprised him of several projects taken up by the Centre for the improvement of railway services in the region. She informed that from New Delhi to Guwahati entire stretch of the railway track has been electrified. Governor Mukhi stressed on early completion of various railway network expansion projects in the region.
Later addressing a press conference, the minister asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always prioritized the north-eastern States and the railway ministry is so preparing for more tourism services in the region like the recently introduced Vistadome service. She termed the railways as the lifeline of people in Bharat and continue to provide services to them.
Days back, welcoming the new railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, a northeast Bharat based graduate engineers’ forum urged the technocrat minister to prevent the unfortunate carnage of wildlife on the railway track in various parts of the country. All Assam Engineer’s Association’ (AAEA) in a statement insisted that regular incidents relating to the annihilation of Asiatic elephants by superfast trains are so disturbing.
AAEA statement expressed hope that Vaishnaw, also in charge of information technology, would contribute immensely for the all-round growth of Indian Railways. It urged the alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, who later served the country as an IAS officer too, for using the information technology extensively in the management of railways benefiting millions of commuters.
The forum emphasized on reforming the management of excreta discharged from coaches carrying the passengers in total. Statistics reveal that over 2,44,000 bio-toilets have been installed in over 69,000 train bogies. The number should be enhanced so that the deposition of human waste on the railway track can be minimized, it added.
Minister Vaishnaw should think of facilitating paid short term stays for the interested passengers in and around the major railway stations so that the commuters can enjoy a hassle-free journey taking advantages of the scheme, said AAEA president Er Kailash Sarma, adding that those stations should possess digital platform accounts (like Koo app) to put all real time information there.