DEMU train service between Dibrugarh and Ledo
Indian Railways since the change of power in New Delhi took myriad of commendable steps that speak volume of our dymic Railways minister Suresh Prabhu’s relentless efforts to improve the existing infrastructure and to add more railway lines covering the remote areas. Among the projects, the ones undertaken in the northeast too are remarkable. Recently, a diesel electric multiple unit (DEMU) train was iugurated between Silghat and Guwahati. It is reported in the media that gradually two new rail routes connecting Lakhimpur and Golaghat too are on the anvil. These are good news for the people of Assam. But one Achilles Heel noticed in the running of the Demu train between Dibrugarh and Ledo and certain other places compel us to believe that at least in this part of Assam, Indian Railways appear to be passive. One would be flabbergasted to see the Demu train standing in the platform all through the day in the Dibrugarh railway station (Old) only to begin its journey in the evening and morning. Cannot the railways increase the frequency of running the Demu train connecting Dibrugarh with Tinsukia, Digboi, Margherita and Ledo? Railway’s Tinsukia Division complaints that revenues received by the division is not satisfactory from the Demu service but as a commuter we can’t accept this view. In fact, we smell a rat in the opinion of the Tinsukia Division. Once this train is allowed to run at least every three hours, this would fetch good revenues. Through this column of your esteemed daily, we appeal to the Railway authority concerned that the frequency of running the said train should be increased with proper ticket checking and we are sure it would yield good result.
Problems of Rangia town
Kindly permit me a little space in your esteemed daily to draw the attention of the authorities concerned towards a few burning problems of the residents of the Rangia town in the district of Kamrup(rural). At present, there are two wooden bridges over the river Baralia flowing through the middle of the Rangia town. Now, both the wooden bridges over the river Baralia are in dilapidated conditions for which the authority has stopped the movement of cars or other heavy vehicles over the bridges. Only, pedestrians can cross the broken bridges with their own risk. As such, it is now urgent to replace both the wooden bridges with a minimum wide of 15 feet by concrete ones over the river Baralia in Rangia town. Everyone knows that for small or big towns with rivers, bridges are very crucial for all sections of people. Rangia with a population of about thirty thousand is a growing town but it is without a proper urban infrastructure development. There is a big shortfall in the basic amenities that are essential for the residents of the Rangia town. The first shortfall that is noticed in Rangia town is paved roads. In fact, a number of important roads in the Rangia town are in dilapidated conditions.In fact, besides Rangia town, its adjoining areas are also short in paved roads. In addition to the above,there is a necessity of a well planned draige system and garbage magement system in Rangia. The town faces water logging problems as soon as the monsoon arrives because of unplanned construction. The high rates of construction in the town have led to loss of soft landscape that allows surface runoff. In fact, the availability of infrastructure for sewage treatment in Rangia town is highly essential. The residents of the Rangia town and the people of adjoining areas of it feel that the authority should start functioning of the model hospital early as its construction was completed a long back.