Resume local trains in Assam: Congress tells Railway Ministry
GUWAHATI: Assam leader of the Opposition (LoP) Debabrata Saikia on Thursday reminded union Railway Ministry Piyush Goyal to ensure the expeditious resumption of local train services in Assam.
Local train services have remained suspended in Assam for about seven months now as a consequence of the Corona-related lockdowns.
Saikia who had shot a letter to the railway minister in October last year with the same request once again urged the union minister to consider resuming the local train service in the state for public convenience.
In a fresh letter to Goyal, Saikia wrote, “Unfortunately, no action has been initiated in this regard by the Indian Railways even though three months have elapsed since my appeal. Sir, as I had mentioned earlier, regular train commuters are facing immense hardship due to the lengthy stoppage of local train services. The worst affected persons are petty traders and vendors who travel by train to sell their wares in urban areas on a daily basis, as also employees who travel daily to their workplaces in urban areas and return home in the evening.”
He added that operation of local train services is essential for such people because their livelihood is inextricably linked to this facility.
“Operation of normal train services is a dire necessity for such people when it comes to their daily livelihood. As such, I request you kindly issue necessary orders for resumption of local train services in Assam as early as possible. I will be highly grateful for prompt action on your part,” Saikia has written in the letter which he has also forwarded to the chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal for necessary actions.
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