CM’s intervention sought to start goods train service

ITANAGAR | Feb 28 | UD Parliamentary Secretary-cum-Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu today and urged him to pass necessary direction to Railway authorities to introduce goods train service and other express train services soon.
Kaso, who was accompanied with Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries general secretary Tarh Nachung, on behalf of Itanagar people including NGOs and ACCI, in a memorandum, drew his attention for prolonged demand to introduce goods train service and other express train services from Naharlagun to New Delhi and in Chennai to facilitate easy travelling of the people to North and South India for various essential purposes.
Pointing out that Itanagar has been selected as Smart City by Union Ministry of Urban Development, strengthening of railway network from Naharlagun will serve as a feather for speedy implementation of the project.
Since Itanagar is very rapidly and heading towards urbanization with many big shopping malls of multi-national companies are being set up in various locations here which would indirectly strengthen the economy of the area for which such business activities should be given importance. But, unfortunately most of the goods and other products of various business houses here have to come through only trucks from Guwahati at very higher costs. However, introduction of goods train services the transportation costs would be very economical compared to land route transportation. Thus, goods train service from Naharlagun to Guwahati should be started immediately to strengthen the local economy.
Proposed Rajdhani Express to New Delhi is yet to start for lack of pit line and sick line at both ends of the route at Naharlagun Railway Station as informed by the Railway authority. Therefore, Papum Pare district administration has made provision for acquiring additional land at Naharlagun Railway station area to provide primary maintenance facility for running of Rajdhani Express for construction of pit line and sick line from Naharlagun.
Since almost one year has lapsed, the Railway authority has not taken up any activities in the proposed land and the cultivable land given by the Borum villagers have become unused for last one year while the poor villagers are neither got any compensation nor they can cultivate their land.
Pointing out that Union MOS (Home) Kiren Rijiju has already written a letter to Union railways minister on 24.06.16 on this matter but no action has been taken so far.
Therefore, Kaso sought the CM’s intervention to start construction work in allotted 26,400 sq mt at Borum, the memorandum added.

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