DIMAPUR, JANUARY 3: The Dimapur Naga Students Union (DNSU) has resented the decision of the North East Frontier Railways (NFR) to extend Nagaland Express to Ledo, with the train terminating at Ledo and not at Dimapur.
Questioning the NFR’s decision to extend Nagaland Express to Ledo, DNSU president Sedevilie Angami and general secretary B Mhajan Tsopoe lamented that despite being aware of Dimapur Railway Station earning the second highest revenue in the Northeast after Guwahati, the NFR has downgraded Dimapur Station to the same level of smaller stations in Assam, which it said is “totally unfair and discriminatory”.
“To meet the needs of the passengers in Ledo, one cannot deprive the rights of the passengers of Dimapur Station,” it reasoned in a press release.
Stating that the reasons given by NFR for extension of Nagaland Express to Ledo were baseless, the students’ Union reminded that for the past 9 years, the service has been smoothly functioning and there were never any question of lack of facilities or proper water supply, AC coach, cleanliness, etc. “If such had been the case, all this year, how was the NFR functioning and now that this have been taken as an excuse instead of implementing solution and providing better service,” it claimed.
In regard to decrease in the number of train passengers due to COVID-19, pandemic, DNSU claimed that on an average the number of passengers decreased since certain SOPs were laid down for travelers “and that NFR should not be expecting to generate revenue at such period of time when economy has been hampered extremely in all ends.”
“In this drastic decision of NFR, it has mostly affected the students in particular and the citizens of Nagaland who could not afford for airline service and they have to depend on train service for transportation,” it said.
Cautioning that such hasty decision effecting the passengers of Dimapur, especially students, will not be accepted, the DNSU warned that it will be forced to take further action such as blockade of any train passing through Dimapur Railway Station if such decision is not striked down immediately.
(Page News Service)