MPs from 6 north-eastern states hold meeting with NFR
Dimapur, Sep. 6 (EMN): Eleven Members of Parliament from six north-eastern states on Friday held a meeting with senior railway officials lead of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) at its Headquarters in Maligaon.
The meeting was convened to apprise the MPs about the developmental activities undertaken by Railways and to solicit their opinion and suggestions on future course of action to make railway more user-friendly, An updates from Chief Public Relations Officer Subhanan Chanda said.
The meeting was attended by MP (Rajya Sabha) Ronald Sapa Tlau from Mizoram; MP (Rajya Sabha) K G Kenye Nagaland, MP (Rajya Sabha) Wansuk Syiem from Meghalaya, MP (Rajya Sabha) Ripun Bora from Assam, MP (Rajya Sabha) Birendra Prasad Baishya from Assam, MP (Lok Sabha) C Lalrosanga from Mizoram, MP (Lok Sabha) Pradyut Bordoloi from Assam, MP (Lok Sabha) Queen Ojha from Assam, MP (Lok Sabha) Rebati from Tripura, MP (Lok Sabha) Pratima Bhoumik from Tripura, and MP (Lok Sabha) Dr. Ranjan Singh Rajkumar from Manipur.
Highlighting the developmental activities of the railway in Northeast, the NFR General Manager Sanjive Roy said that railway is continuously thriving to fulfil aspirations of the people.
“Punctuality of passenger carrying trains has greatly improved and 92% of the trains in N. F. Railway ran on time during last month which is highest among all zonal railways in India,” he said.
Roy informed that all stations in NFR would be provided with free WiFi facility by the end of this month.
For convenience of travellers eight lifts and five escalators have been installed in three stations in last financial year, the general manager said adding that this year 35 more lifts and 16 more escalators are targeted to be installed in other stations.
The GM also informed the MPs that electrification of railway lines up to Guwahati is targeted for completion by March 2020.
The Divisional Railway Manager R B Rai briefed the achievements of the Lumding division in providing better passenger amenities and cleanliness of stations.
He said Guwahati station has achieved ISO certification for waste management as stipulated by National Green Tribunal.
The MPs appreciated the efforts of Railways in providing better passenger experience and improving performance in terms of safety, punctuality and thanked the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal for massive developmental works being under taken by the Indian Railways in the Northeast.
They also put forward various suggestions for improving connectivity in the Northeast such as introduction of new trains, additional stoppages of existing trains and improving other passenger amenities including cleanliness in trains.