The General Manager of Northeast Frontier Railway Shri Anshul Gupta held a review meeting with the Members of Parliament (MPs) whose constituencies are served by Alipurduar and Katihar divisions, at New Jalpaiguri on 26th September, 2022. Altogether eleven Members of Parliament were present at the meeting which included Shri John Barla, Hon’ble Union Minister of State of Minority Affairs, Govt. of India, Hon’ble MPs of Rajya Sabha Shri Rwngwra Narzary (Assam) & Smt. Shanta Chhetri (West Bengal); Hon’ble MPs of Lok Sabha Shri Dulal Chandra Goswami (Katihar), Shri Santosh Kumar (Purnia), Shri Pradeep Kumar Singh (Araria), Ms. Debasree Chaudhuri (Raiganj), Shri Khagen Murmu (Maldaha Uttar), Shri Raju Bista (Darjeeling), Dr. Jayanta Kumar Roy (Jalpaiguri), Dr. Sukanta Majumdar (Balurghat). Senior railway officials from Katihar, Alipurduar divisions of N. F. Railway and from Headquarters were also present in the meeting.
The General Manager of N. F. Railway while welcoming all MPs highlighted various ongoing developmental and survey works being carried out by the N. F. Railway with specific reference to areas under Alipurduar and Katihar divisions. Suggestions and views from all the public representatives present were welcomed for further betterment of services and amenities. The General Manager mentioned that N. F. Railway has given emphasis on faster adoption of PM Gati Shakti in all the states for handling of both outward and inward traffic. He said that more and more Kisan Rails are being operated to export the local produces outside the state. He also informed the Hon’ble members present about the Intrusion Detection System to be introduced within NFR to avert possibility of train-elephant collision. He further informed regarding implementation of one station one product at various stations over NFR to help the local entrepreneur to showcase and sell the products and crafts of local area. General Manager also explained the members present about various initiatives being taken to further promote the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO world heritage site.
The Hon’ble MPs also flagged off a new tri-weekly AC passenger train from New Jalpaiguri station. The new AC passenger train with Vistadome coach will run between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling and will be helpful to fulfil the demand of tourists visiting this area.
All the Hon’ble MPs had a very productive interactive session with the high railway officials. The MPs suggested extension and improvement of railway connectivity, passenger amenities and upgradation of stations etc. The General Manager stated that the suggestions and views offered by the Hon’ble Members would be reviewed with paramount importance.