Responding to the unavailability of certain local trains, two MPs from Assam have written to the Department of Railways urging the resumption of more local train services for daily passengers. 

The restoration of the services in certain routes will benefit the commuters and office workers to travel easily, said the MPs. 

Lok Sabha MP Abdul Khaleque wrote a letter earlier today, addressing Anshul Gupta, General Manager, North-East Frontier Railway. In his letter, Khaleque stated, “I am in receipt of several representations from passenger associations, trader’s bodies, and individuals demanding early resumption of few train services. In view of resumption of normal office timings in Guwahati and other places since July 1, 2021, people are in need of safe transportation from home to workplace and back.” 

In the letter, he mentioned the details of some major local trains that need to be resumed. This includes the New Bongaigaon-Guwahati Passenger train, the Guwahati-Alipurduar Sifhung Passenger, the Alipurduar- Lumding Intercity Express, the Kamakhya- Alipurduar Intercity Express, Kamakhya- Dekargaon Intercity Express, the Rangiya-Rangapara North Passenger, the Rangiya- Dekargaon Passenger, the Rangiya- Murkongselek Passenger and the Rangiya- New Jalpaiguri Passenger. 

The MP further wrote, “Railways serve as a major mode of communication between places. And a huge population in these routes depend on train services. In this period when the country is yet to get over the pandemic people are scared and hesitant to depend on other modes of public transportation and at times beyond the means of common people as well.”

Earlier this week, Rajya Sabha MP Bhubaneswar Kalita also wrote to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to consider the resumption of the local train services in the state. 

Some office workers have also expressed inconvenience in travelling from their residence to workplaces due to lack of sufficient trains on different routes. Pragyananda Nath, a daily passenger of the Alipurduar- Kamakhya Intercity Express told EastMojo, “I was dependent upon the local passenger trains previously to reach my office as the monthly tickets were fairly cheap and the journey seemed comfortable enough. But, I have been facing difficulties in commuting since the lockdown. The unavailability of trains and buses has led me to travel in a carpool which is not so convenient to reach office on time.”

Subhanan Chanda, CPRO, NF Railways, said the department has considered the matter and is resuming the train services gradually. “We are not in a position currently to start the service of local trains due to the restriction in inter-district movement imposed by the State government. Certain passenger trains are still running and have not been cancelled but for resumption of more train services we have to wait till the situation improves more and inter-district movement is lifted by the government,” Chanda told EastMojo.

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