Guwahati, Saturday, May 28, 2016

Call for train on Rangiya-Murkongselek route
 JONAI, May 27 - Several hundred youths, including members of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Parishad of Jonai and school -going students staged dharna at Murkongselek (Jonai) Railway Station on Friday.

 Though the protesters had plans to detain the Murkongselek-Guwahati Intercity Express at the station, it was not attempted after the Area Manager of NF Railway assured to pursue their demands. The collective protest was against the railway authority’s alleged negligence towards the long-standing demand of placing an additional train on the Rangiya-Murkongselek route.

The protesters subsequently submitted a memorandum to the General Manager of NF Railway through the Area Manager, who was camping at Murkongselek Railway Station (Jonai) for today.

The protesters’ demands include operation of an additional passenger train from Murkongselek Railway Station in the morning for the convenience of officer-goers in North Assam region, introduction of a speedy train between Murkongselek Railway Station and New Delhi and enhancement of reservation seat capacity in the existing Murkongselek-Guwahati Intercity Express with 50 percent seat reservation for Murkongselek Railway Station near Ruksin.

It may be mentioned that the Murkongselek Railway Station Development Committee and other local organisations have since long been demanding an additional train on this route.

Presently, two trains, namely Murkongselek-Guwahati Express and Murkongselek-Dekargaon Passenger, besides a few goods trains run on this route.

The BG rail route links the Siang belt of Arunachal Pradesh with other parts of the country and the people of North Assam. Four districts of Siang in Arunachal Pradesh have also benefited.