RANGIA, May 15: In support of the 16-point charter of demands, including completion of double-laning work of railway track in the New Bongaigaon -Rangia - Kamakhya stretch, incorporation of DEMU trains in the nearby outskirt areas connecting to Guwahati, construction of a terminal at Agyathuri Railway Station, halt station at Paikarkuchi, stoppage facility of long distant trains at Nalbari, besides rescheduling of train timings considering passengers’ convenience, stopping of all Rajdhani Express trains at Rangia Railway station, separate railway track for goods train in the main line i.e. New Bongaigaon-Agyathuri line, construction of second railway bridge over the Brahmaputra river, and separate Railway Zone and Railway Recruitment Board for NE region, the Assam Rail Passengers’ Association, in collaboration with different organizations and student bodies staged a sit-in for three hours in front of the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) office in Rangia on Tuesday.
The protesters raised slogans in support of their demands and against the Indian Railway authority for its negligent attitude towards fulfilling the dreams and aspirations of hundreds of railway passengers of Assam. Protesters flayed the Centre for undermining the genuine issues pertaining to railway amenities and infrastructure set up for people goodwill since years and never showing any positive interest in solving the major perennial issues.
Meanwhile, Dipankar Sarma, general secretary of ARPA, said that regular Rajdhani train stoppage at Rangia station and setting up of a separate Railway Recruitment Board especially for NE zone had been demanded since years but in vain.
“Since 1962, our State Assam has not seen any move from the Central government for construction of the second rail-cum-road bridge over Brahmaputra river although we have been crying aloud and pressing upon the authorities from time-to-time. We strongly demand a second railway bridge for the sake of hundreds of passengers of the region,” he said.
Former Education Minister of Assam, Thaneswar Boro, AGP leader and former MLA Ananta Deka and other leaders took part in the programme. Later, a joint memorandum was submitted to the DRM of Rangia Railway Division by the protesters, urging immediate solution of the grievances.