Cong stages Rail Roko across State

  • | Thursday | 14th September, 2023

Cong stages 'Rail Roko' across StateOur CorrespondentBILASPURCongress staged 'Rail Roko' movement across State on Wednesday for cancellation and delay of trains. The party workers laid down on tracks raising slogans against Railway Administration. Ahead of the demonstration Railway Administration also beefed-up security arrangements to deal with any untoward incident. Shailesh Pandey said that Railway administration had threatened people of action under Railway Act against 'Rail Roko Andolan' which proves that BJP government at the Center does not believe in the traditions of democracy. He said that the Railway administration must be aware of the struggle of people for establishment of Railway Zone at Bilaspur.

Cong stages Rail Roko across State Our Correspondent BILASPUR Congress staged Rail Roko movement across State on Wednesday for cancellation and delay of trains. In Bilaspur Congress workers staged demonstration at Kota station for two hours from 5 am to 7 am halting the movment of goods train. The party workers laid down on tracks raising slogans against Railway Administration. Later the party workers gathered at Bilaspur station and staged demonstration. They also submitted a memorandum to General Manager in support of their demands. MLA Shailesh Pandey said that the protest was against the policies of Central Government on Railways. Ahead of the demonstration Railway Administration also beefed-up security arrangements to deal with any untoward incident. Railways had warned of firm legal action in the case of traffic disruption during the demonstration. Additional force of Railway Protection Force (RPF) Government Railway Police (GRP) and State Police duty were deployed to handle the situation. Shailesh Pandey said that Railway administration had threatened people of action under Railway Act against Rail Roko Andolan which proves that BJP government at the Center does not believe in the traditions of democracy. He said that the Railway administration must be aware of the struggle of people for establishment of Railway Zone at Bilaspur. Congress accused Railways for closing about 6800 rail stoppages across the country out of which 200 are in Chhattisgarh alone. The party leaders also accused Railways for converting ordinary passenger MEMU trains into special trains and charging double the fare and reducing the number of sleeper and general class coaches in trains. He told that in the last three and half years about 67382 trains were cancelled. He said that Indian Railways used to be synonymous with reliable cheap and accessible transportation for the general public but in BJP rule a conspiracy is being hatched to destroy the credibility of Railways and sell it to private hands. He said that the people in Chhattisgarh are being treated in a discriminatory manner by Railways with cancellation of passenger trains for the last two years and long distant trains running late by hours together. “Railway is not concerned with the problems of common people. Rail is the most economical and convenient mode of transport for the general public but unfortunately Railway is more interested to operate goods trains with the intention of increasing its income. To give clearance to goods trains passenger trains are halted at one place for hours which becomes a cause of trouble for the passengers. Currently large number of trains of Bilaspur zone is cancelled and those operative are running with indefinite delay. Local trains are completely canceled adding to the crisis of people traveling in small stations and also highlighting the atrocity of Railway administration” he mentioned. Senior party leaders including Mayor Ramsaran Yadav Chairman of Tourism Board Atal Shrivastava former MLA Baijnath Chandrakar former Councilor and Chairman of Yoga Commission Ravindra Singh District Presidents Vijay Pandey and Vijay Kesharwani Councilor Shahzadi Qureshi besides large number of party workers were present in the demonstration.

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