Correspondent RANGIYA, May 15 - Under the banner of Assam Rail Passengers’ Association (ARPA) in collaboration with different organisations and student bodies, including AASU, AJYCP, SMSS, Kalita Janagosthi students’ body, Goria Moriya Desiya Parishad, Goria Moria Yuba Parishad, CPM, AGP, BJP and other social organisations of the locality staged a sit-in protest for nearly three hours in front of the Divisional Railway Manager’s (DRM) office here today.The protesters raised slogans against the Indian Railway authority for its negligent attitude in fulfilling the dreams and aspirations of lakhs of Railway passengers of Assam.
Members of Rangiya Joutha Rail Sangram Samiti staging a protest in support of their various demands, on Tuesday. – UB Photos
The protesters flayed the Centre for undermining the aspirations and genuine issues pertaining to railway amenities and infrastructure of the local people. They alleged that the Railway authorities had over the years never showed any positive interest in solving major perennial issues of Assam.
The protesters shouted slogans against the Indian Railway authority and the Central Government for not completing double-laning work on the New Bongaigaon-Rangiya-Kamakhya stretch, incorporation of DEMU trains on the outskirts of Guwahati, construction of a terminal at Agyathuri Railway Station, haltage at Paikarkuchi, besides haltage of long-distance trains at Nalbari, rescheduling of train timings after considering passengers’ convenience, etc.
Meanwhile, Dipankar Sarma, general secretary of ARPA stated that regular demand for stoppage of Rajdhani train at Rangiya Railway Station, setting up of a separate Railway Recruitment Board for the North East zone, etc have been raised over and over for years together, though to no avail.
“Assam has not seen any move from the Central Government for construction of a second rail-cum-road bridge over the Brahmaputra at Saraighat, although we have been crying hoarse and pressing upon the Government for considering our just pleas. We strongly demand a rail-cum-road bridge for the sake of hundreds of passengers of the region,” Sarma stated.