GOLAGHAT, Oct 30 – The Golaghat unit of the All Assam Students’ Union blocked the Down Amritsar Express for two hours recently at Furkating railway junction in Golaghat district in protest against the non-stoppage of Rajdhani Express and two other trains, besides other demands.
The rail roko programme was withdrawn following an Assurance by Northeast Frontier Railway assistant commercial manager, Dibrugarh, Jacob Mathews, for arranging a meeting with the general manager and other district administration officials at Golaghat.
Raju Phukan, president AASU Golaghat district committee expressed the people of Golaghat district by not having stops for Rajdhani Express, Dibrugarh-Calcutta Express and Jhajhar Express in any of the stations inthe district. The other demands of the students union include a foot overbridge, parking area and toilet for women at Furkating station and construction of an overbridge on Golaghat-Furkating road near the railway junction. The union also demanded the develop a playground near the station.
The vice-president of the Sarupathar Chambers of Commerce, Dinesh Agrawalla also said that the people wanted more passenger trains connecting Guwahati and upper Assam stations as there was no bus service from Sarupathar, except for an irregular Assam State Transport Corporation bus service.