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Monday, June 10, 2019

Diversion of trains triggers stir


Diversion of trains triggers stir

Our Correspondent

Abohar, June 9

The decision to run the tri-weekly Sriganganagar-Nanded superfast train on each Friday from Sriganganagar to Hanumangarh instead of Abohar, Malout and Gidderbaha at the “behest” of five-time BJP MP Nihal Chand Meghwal has triggered protest.

Social media is abuzz with reports that Meghwal was upping the ante to get 13008/13007 Sriganganagar-Abohar-Delhi-Howrah daily train diverted through Hanumangarh.

This has also shaken Akali Dal and BJP activists here who had celebrated SAD chief Sukhbir Badal’s win in Lok Sabha election recently and pinned hopes on more benefits from the NDA government.

While flagging off the train for Nanded at Hanumangarh on May 31, Meghwal had claimed, “I have the key for trains in my pocket. Did launch eight trains in the last five years, will get more trains sanctioned for my constituency that is based on Hanumangarh and Sriganganagar districts.” While cheering the announcement, people had demanded that another train for Delhi should be run from Hanumangarh.

Agreeing that Meghwal had given a big jolt to hundreds of commuters in Fazilka district who board the train for Nanded and many others towns in UP, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh besides New Delhi, NGOs in Abohar have started sending memorandums to the Railway Minister and the Railway Board.

They recalled that tri-weekly train was originally introduced on the recommendation of the then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Congress leader Virendra Kataria had flagged it off on May 19, 2010, to benefit commuters in Sriganganagar and Fazilka.

Abohar BJP MLA Arun Narang had objected to the proposal to divert Nanded train to Hanumangarh about three months ago, but the Railways did not respond. He had also conveyed people’s sentiments to Northern Railway General Manager Tejinderpal Singh during his visit to Abohar in March.

Railway Passengers Welfare Association (North Zone) secretary Hanuman Dass Goyal, Akhil Bhartiya Grahak Panchayat state vice-president Ashok Garg, Consumers’ Movement chairman Satpal Khariwal and Nar Sewa Narayan Sewa president Raju Charaya have slammed Meghwal and railway officials for “hitting” the interests of commuters here.

SAD Abohar circle president Suresh Satija spoke to Sukhbir on phone about this issue and conveyed the resentment that was brewing in. He said a deputation would soon meet him to apprise him of the consequences if the move by Meghwal to deprive Fazilka commuters of such train was not checked timely. “If Meghwal intends to please voters in his region, let him get more trains sanctioned, but not at the cost of people of Punjab,” Satija added.

Deputation to take up issue with Sukhbir 

Shiromani Akali Dal, Abohar circle president, Suresh Satija spoke to Sukhbir on phone about the issue and conveyed the resentment that was brewing in. He said a deputation would soon meet him to apprise him of the consequences if the move by Meghwal to deprive Fazilka commuters of the train was not checked timely.

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