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Resentment brews as resumption of DEMU services gets delayed

From our Correspondent

TINSUKIA, Feb 26:Despite protests and assurance by the Minister of State for Railways,RajenGohain, the Tinsukia Railway Division under NF Railway has shown complete disregard to the sentiments of railway passengers by not incorporating Makum-Dangari section in the revised timings of DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Unit) services.

It was expected by the passengers that the NFR, particularly Tinsukia division, would show exemplary services in the division by not simply introducing the trains but extending services to Dholla on the southern bank of River Brahmaputra to ease out difficulties faced by the people of Sadiya and Aruchal Pradesh.  

In a meeting attended by representatives of several organizations following withdrawal of DEMU services in November, 2016, the Tinsukia DRM assured the delegation that the services would be resumed in Makum-Dangari section with the arrival of rakes which was expected within a short time. Almost six months have elapsed but the DEMU rakes have not arrived. Sources hinted at a deep-rooted conspiracy to deprive the travelling public in this section. Surprisingly, the Railways did not feel it necessary to clarify the reasons for suspension of services though it is a public issue.

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