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Railway Minister assures early restoration
Correspondent
 BADARPUR, May 8 - The Union Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu has assured that all necessary steps are being taken to restore train services in the Lumding-Badarpur hill section immediately.

Speaking to the Karimganj MP, Radheshyam Biswas, Prabhu said that “The Railway Ministry is keeping a keen eye on the repeated landslides in the region, which have badly affected train services in Fiding and several other places on the broad gauge track since April 23.

Senior Railway officials have been asked to expedite measures to restore services in the section without any delay”. Prabhu gave this assurance to the Karimganj MP, when he personally called on the former on Wednesday. Biswas also submitted a memorandum regarding the present situation in the Lumding-Badarpur BG hill section.

Talking to this correspondent over telephone, Biswas said, “I personally met Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and discussed the Lumding-Badarpur hill section’s situation in detail. I also submitted a memorandum, where it was strongly demanded that regular train services be restored without further delay. I also told him that due to the worn-out condition of the roads in the Barak Valley, the people are facing enormous trouble. Under these circumstances, the people of Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram and the Barak Valley only trust the ‘railway Service’.

Biswas also informed Prabhu that after a very long drawn-out struggle, the BG dream of the people of the Barak Valley has come to fruition. But due to faulty construction, railway tracks, tunnels, bridges, side-walls etc., have been badly affected by landslides and rain in the Lumding-Badarpur hill Section. After listening to the MP, the Railway Minister immediately spoke to the NF Railway authority at Maligaon over telephone, and gave strict instructions to take all possible steps for restoration of all train services in hill Section.

Prabhu also asked the NF Railway GM (Construction) to investigate and find out the cause of damage of some Barak Valley BG rail stations like Lala, Baraigram, Karimganj and Patharkandi, and submit the report immediately to Rail Bhawan.

Biswas also told this correspondent that the Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu agreed with him regarding the running of a regular passenger train service on the Silchar-Badarpur -Agartala route, and said that if there are no issues regarding the safety of passengers, then this train will be regularised positively. But, before that this special passenger train will run on a trial basis, he said.

NF Railway sources said that for restoration of the passenger train services in the Lumding-Badarpur hill section, all steps have been taken and work is continuing day and night. Sources also said that the special passenger train on the Silchar-Badarpur-Agartala route will be run for 15 days on a trial basis and later on most probably it will be regularised.

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