MPs from NE states hold meeting with railway officials
PR / Desk
MALIGAON, September 6, 2019: Eleven Members of Parliament from six states in northeast on Friday attended in a meeting with a team of senior railway officials lead by the General Manager of Northeast Frontier Railway Sanjive Roy at NF Railway Headquarters at Maligaon as part of the efforts by Indian Railways to reach out to people through their elected representatives. The senior officials from NF Railway included the Divisional Railway Manager of Lumding Division RB Rai and other Principal Head of Departments.
The Members of Parliament were from the constituencies served by Lumding Division in the six NE states. The meeting was organized to showcase and appraise the MPs of the developmental activities undertaken by Railways and to solicit their opinion and suggestions on future course of action to make railway more user-friendly
The meeting was attended by MP (Rajya Sabha) from Mizoram Ronald Sapa Tlau, MP (Rajya Sabha) from Nagaland K. G. Kenye, MP (Rajya Sabha) from Meghalaya Shri Wansuk Syiem, MP (Rajya Sabha) from Assam Shri Ripun Bora, MP (Rajya Sabha) from Assam Birendra Prasad Baishya, MP (Lok Sabha) from Mizoram C Lalrosanga, MP (Lok Sabha) from Assam Pradyut Bordoloi, MP (Lok Sabha) from Assam Queen Ojha, MP (Lok Sabha) from Tripura Rebati Tripura, MP (Lok Sabha) from Tripura Pratima Bhoumik and MP (Lok Sabha) from Manipur Dr Ranjan Singh Rajkumar. MP of Silchar Lok Sabha constituency Dr R Roy could not attend the meeting but sent his representative.
Detailing on the developmental activities of the Railway in Northeast, the General Manager Sanjive Roy said that Railway is continuously thriving to fulfil aspirations of the people. He said punctuality of passenger carrying trains has greatly improved and 92% of the trains in NF Railway ran on time during last month which is highest among all zonal railways in India. Shri Roy also said that all stations in NF Railway would be provided with free WiFi facility by the end of this month. For convenience of travellers 8 lifts and 5 escalators have been installed in three stations of NF Railway in last financial year, the GM said adding that this year 35 more lifts and 16 more escalators are targeted to be installed in other stations. The GM also informed the MPs that electrification of railway lines up to Guwahati is targeted for completion by March 2020. The Divisional Railway Manager R B Rai elaborated on the achievements of the Lumding Division in providing better passenger amenities and cleanliness of stations. He said, Guwahati station has achieved ISO certification for waste management as stipulated by National Green Tribunal.
During the meeting, the MPs appreciated the efforts of Railways in providing better passenger experience and improving performance in terms of safety and punctuality and thanked the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal for massive developmental works being under taken by the Indian Railways in the Northeast. The MPs also put forward various suggestions for improving connectivity in the Northeast, introduction of new trains, additional stoppages of existing trains and improving other passenger amenities including cleanliness in trains in general which the GM had assured to implement wherever feasible.