‘Provide world class facilities’ MPs demand during railway meet; lay stress on cleanliness
- Develop two termini.
- Run Nagpur-Pune Garib Rath regularly.
- Increase speed of passenger trains.
- Start new trains for Delhi, Mumbai and Udaipur.
- Make shed at home platform.
- Provide AC coach for Solapur in Maharashtra Express.
- Improve quality of aprons.
Food quality poor
Commenting on various problems faced by railway passengers, Vijay Darda said, “The food supplied in trains is prepared in slums in Nagpur. The quality of this food is poor and there is possibility of food-poisoning. Bedsheets are not clean in air-conditioned bogies which swarm with cockroaches and rats.” To this, the Central Railway general manager Sunil Kumar Sood assured that all issues will be seriously dealt with and cockroach and rat menace will be tackled effectively.
World class facilities be provided at Nagpur railway station. Similarly, direct trains to Delhi, Mumbai and Udaipur be started from Nagpur besides immediately completing the pending railway projects, demanded members of Parliament from Nagpur and Bhusawal railway divisions unequivocally here on Wednesday.
The Central Railway had organised a meeting of MPs from Nagpur and Bhusawal railway divisions at DRM office here on Wednesday. The MPs from these two divisions vehemently raised the issues of passenger amenities and the facilities which need to be provided immediately.
The chairman of Editorial Board of Lokmat Media and Rajya Sabha member Vijay Darda, MPs Ajay Sancheti, Prataprao Jadhav and Ramdas Tadas, Central Railway general manager Sunil Kumar Sood, chief administrative officer M K Gupta, Divisional Railway Manager, Nagpur division, O P Singh and other Central Railway officials were present in the meeting.
Addressing the meeting, Darda said the concrete under the railway tracks on platforms number 1, 2 and 5 has given way. As a result, the sewerage on the tracks do not flow out resulting in persisting filth. Therefore, there is an urgent need to relay the concrete and improve the quality of aprons, he demanded.
Sunil Kumar Sood said green toilets are proposed to be installed very soon in future. Therefore, new aprons are not being sanctioned. To this, Darda asked whether the present situation would continue if the green toilets’ project is delayed by a few years.
Ajay Sancheti said, “Recently, a meeting of Metro Region was held in the presence of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at Nagpur in which development of Nagpur and adjoining areas in next 50 years was discussed. Due to growing size of city and increase in commerce and trade, there is need to develop two termini in Nagpur like Bandra and Kurla. These termini should be developed as per world standards and maximum efforts should be taken in planning.”
He further said there are four toilets in AC 2 tier bogies out of which three are of Indian style and one is of western style. “Changes should be made and western style toilets should be increased,” he said. Sancheti also drew attention towards increasing theft cases in parcel van and said this is happening due to lack of coordination between ground police and railway police.
Sancheti said, “There is no coordination between people’s representatives and railway administration. If railway administration takes help of members of Parliament, railway projects pending with state government can be cleared. Many issues of Central Railway are pending. If information about these issues is made available to MPs, they can follow up the same in the railway budget. The railway administration should take initiative for this.”
Ramdas Tadas demanded regular running of Nagpur-Pune Garib rath train. Prataprao Jadhav demanded increasing speed of trains in Nagpur and Bhusawal railway divisions.
Union minister for surface transport and shipping Nitin Gadkari was represented by Girish Vyas. He submitted a memorandum of Gadkari’s demands like developing system for trains’ inspection, complaint books in trains, regularisation of Nagpur-Pune Garib Rath, starting of new trains like Nagpur-Delhi, Nagpur-Mumbai and Nagpur-Udaipur, arrangement of shed for home platform, AC bogie for Solapur in Maharashtra Express, mini pantry car in every train, etc. Additional divisional railway manager Dr Jaydeep Gupta, Bhusawal’s divisional railway manager Mahesh Kumar Gupta, Mumbai’s deputy general manager R Anant, senior divisional traffic manager Atul Rane, Bhusawal division’s senior divisional traffic manager Manoj Kumar Gangey, senior divisional D R Tembhurne, Bhusawal division’s senior divisional engineer D Chandrakar, senior divisional commercial manager N G Borikar, senior divisional electrical manager S S Chavan and senior divisional safety commissioner Ibrahim Sharif were present in the meeting.