SILCHAR, Oct 31 - Replete with rich history, the Silchar Railway Station has its own importance and an infrastructure facelift is on the cards, according to Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) general manager Sanjive Roy.
Addressing a public meeting after the inauguration of a digital museum video wall by Silchar MP Dr Rajdeep Roy at the Silchar Railway Station, Sanjive Roy said, “We understand the increasing in passenger traffic from Silchar, and NF Railway is committed to provide the much-needed infrastructure facelift, including setting up of lifts, platform extensions, etc. The number of trains from here shall be increased as well. The video wall shall highlight the rich history of the railways from the valley.”
Expressing happiness over the installation of the digital museum – said to be the second of its kind in the state after Guwahati – Silchar MP Dr Rajdeep Roy said “There has been an overhaul in railway services since 2015 when Silchar was brought into the broad gauge map of the country. Many trains now come and depart from Silchar and we hope to see Rajdhani trains for Imphal and Aizawl passing through Silchar in the coming days. We need more local trains, including intercity express for Guwahati and Agartala, from here which will help more passengers.”
Lumding division DRM Ram Bahadur Rai said that improvement of the station was a priority and work to transform the station will be done in the next six months. “Two lifts, 12 platform centres, one foot overbridge will be constructed and the waiting hall shall be renovated. An approximate amount of Rs 8 crore will be utilised for the infrastructure development.” PAC member Amaresh Roy and other officials and dignitaries attended the meeting.
Later, interacting with the media, the NFR general manager said IRCTC would be contacted for starting food facilities at the Silchar Railway Station and measures would also be taken for starting similar services at Haflong. “We understand that passengers travelling on this route encounter problems like unavailability of food on the trains. Hence, steps would be taken along with IRCTC to resolve the issues. We shall also enhance security arrangements at the Silchar station for safety of passengers,” the general manager added.
On being questioned about alleged instances of corruption in the sale of Tatkal tickets and some employees being caught red-handed, Sanjive Roy, said, “Indian Railways does not encourage any corruption. If the allegations are found to have logical evidence, the guilty shall be punished as per provisions.”
Responding to a comment made by the Silchar MP on Imphal and Aizawl-bound Rajdhani Express trains via Silchar, the general manager said that if there was sufficient demand from the people of Silchar, there was no reason why Rajdhani Express trains cannot be connected through this place.