Kohima, January 03 (NEx): In connection to the news published on December 16, 2020 under the headline “Nagaland express taken to Ledo”, the Dimapur Naga Students Union (DNSU) strongly questions the decision of the North East Frontier Railways (NFR) to extend Nagaland express to Ledo, which will no longer terminate at Dimapur but at Ledo, Assam.
DNSU in its rejoinder said that despite being aware of the fact that Dimapur earns the second highest revenue in the Northeast after Guwahati, such ignorant decision taken by NFR downgrading the Dimapur station to the same level with smaller stations in Assam is totally unfair and discriminatory. To meet the needs of the passengers in Ledo, one cannot deprive the rights of the passengers of Dimapur Station, it said.
The union said that in this drastic decision of NFR, it has mostly effected the students in particular and the citizens of Nagaland who could not afford Airline services and depend on train services for transportation.
It also pointed out that the reasons given by NFR for extension of train to Ledo was baseless excuse. Down the line for the past nine years, the service has been smoothly functioning and there have been never a question of lack of facilities or proper water supply, AC coach, cleanliness etc. The union questioned that if such had been the case, all this years, how were the NFR funtioning and now that this have been taken as an excuse instead of implementing solution and providing better service.
In regard to decrease in the number of train passengers due to COVID-19 pandemic, DNSU said that on an average the number of passengers decreased since certain SOPs were laid down for travellers and that NFR should not be expecting to generate revenue at such period of time when economy has been hampered extremely in all ends.
Further, the DNSU said that such hasty decision effecting the passengers of Dimapur especially the students in particular will not be accepted and that the Union will be forced to take further action such as blockade of any train passing through Dimapur railway station if such decision were not striked down immediately.