Demands restoration of 10 passenger train services
8 of these passenger trains pass via Chhattisgarh
The problems being faced by the passengers due to stopped train services were ignored
On 5th April, on the instructions of the Chief Minister, a letter has been written to the Chairman of the Railway Board to keep the operation of the trains intact
Principal Chief Operations Manager, South-East Central Railway has issued an order to stop the operation of local trains for one month
Raipur, 09 April 2022
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel took to Twitter urging the Railway Ministry to take immediate cognizance of the decision to cancel 10 passenger trains for one month and ensure restoration of the trains. The Chief Minister said in his tweet that – “There is a limit to everything. After selling the railway station, now 10 passenger trains have been canceled for a month, ignoring the suffering of the public, just to earn profit.
@RailMinIndia take immediate cognizance of this anti-people decision and restore trains.”
It is worth mentioning that before this, on the instructions of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Additional Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh Government has written a letter to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Railway Board, New Delhi on 5th April to continue the operation of local trains passing through Chhattisgarh. Drawing attention of the Chairman of the Railway Board towards the problems being faced by the citizens of Chhattisgarh due to the closure of the operation of 8 local trains passing through Chhattisgarh, he has requested to continue the operation of the trains.
In a letter to the Chairman of the Railway Board, Additional Chief Secretary Mr. Subrat Sahoo has written that the operation of 10 local trains has been stopped for one month through an order issued by the Principal Chief Operations Manager, South-East Central Railway, Bilaspur on 31 March 2022. Out of these, a total of 8 trains pass daily via different rail routes in Chhattisgarh. No alternative arrangement has been made before the closure of these trains.
The Additional Chief Secretary has stated in the letter that Chaitra Navratri is going on and a large number of devotees from across the country and the state continue to visit the temples and shrines in Chhattisgarh for ‘Devi Darshan’. Rail route is convenient and one of the most important mediums to reach these places. In such a situation, due to the closure of 08 such trains in the state of Chhattisgarh, devotees and common citizens are facing huge difficulties in reaching their destination.
He has also written in the letter that a major chunk of the passengers in the state belong to the middle and lower class, who reach their destination every day while traveling by the above 08 trains. Due to the closure of local trains, a large number of common people and students are facing difficulties in their everyday travel. Stopping the operation of trains also has an adverse effect on the journeys made during the summer vacations.
Keeping in view the aforementioned conditions, the Additional Chief Secretary has urged the Chairman of the Railway Board to cancel the order issued by Principal Chief Operations Manager, South-East Central Railway, Bilaspur, issued on March 31, 2022, with immediate effect. It has also been requested to direct the railways to restore the operations of trains passing through Chhattisgarh.