By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, August 14: Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain has called a review meeting with NF Railway officials on August 16 to take stock of the freight and parcel traffic scerio in NF Railway.
The meeting will be attended by senior officials of the Railway Board – the topmost policy-making body of Indian Railways – including member traffic Md. Jamshed, advisor (coaching) Purushottam Guha and executive director (PG) Utpalpar Hazarika. From NF Railway’s side, General Mager Chahatey Ram, General Mager (Construction) HK Jaggi, all principal heads of departments and other senior officials will be present at the meeting to be held at NF Railway Headquarters in Maligaon from 10.30 am.
According to an NF Railway press release, as a result of the strong impetus of Ministry of Railways under Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, on expansion of rail connectivity in the Northeast, almost 550 km track has been commissioned last year and many new loading termils have been opened in Barak Valley and Tripura. The recent success of movement of POL to Tripura by RO RO mode to tide over the fuel crisis in the state is a case in point to indicate the emphasis being attached for development of freight traffic in the region.
The meeting being convened in NFR headquarters by Rajen Gohain will work out ways and means of achieving tangible results in the field of further improvement of freight movement in Assam and the Northeast with special emphasis on parcel movement from the region. With a number of local items like bamboo, betel nut, dry fish, tea etc., having very good market outside the region, strengthening of parcel traffic will fuel rapid economic growth here.
Apart from discussing the freight traffic scerio, the meeting is also likely to discuss the status of the ongoing railway projects in the region and steps for timely completion of the projects. It may be mentioned that the Minister had announced in a public meeting on July 30 in Manipur that he would ensure timely completion of all railway projects in the Northeast and would persolly monitor the progress of developmental projects in the region.