Eastern railway, West Bengal government to discuss resumption of suburban train services – kolkata

The West Bengal government and the Eastern Railway will maintain a gathering on Monday to discuss resumption of suburban train services, railway sources stated.

The improvement comes a day after the state government wrote to the Eastern Railway (ER) in search of discussions for plying of a couple of pairs of suburban trains each day by observing the Covid-19 laws.

“There is a meeting tomorrow at the state secretariat. The general manager of Eastern Railway and other railway officials will be present. The chief secretary and the home secretary will be present on behalf of the state government. We will discuss various aspects related to the resumption of train services,” a senior railway official stated.

Also read: West Bengal govt writes to railways for resuming suburban train services

Noting that the state government has helped the railway authorities to run metro trains peacefully and effectively, Additional Chief Secretary (house) H Okay Dwivedi had urged the Eastern Railway to run a couple of pair of suburban trains each day.

“Rather than taking resort (resorting) to unquiet means, we could and discuss how a few pairs of trains could be run locally in the morning and in the afternoon hours to serve the general commuters at large,” learn the letter written by Dwivedi.

The determination to write to the Eastern Railway got here within the backdrop of violence at Howrah station after the railway police chased away some commuters as they tried to break open the locked gate of the Howrah-Burdwan Staff Special Train on the station on Saturday.

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West Bengal govt writes to railways for resuming suburban train services – kolkata

The West Bengal authorities has written to the Eastern Railway (ER) in search of discussions for plying of some pairs of suburban trains every day observing the Covid-19 laws.

“GOWB is concerned to see the use of unquiet means to disperse passengers in need at railway platforms and has written a letter to railway authorities for discussions towards plying of a few pairs of trains..,” the state residence division mentioned in a tweet.

“In the morning and afternoon hours for general commuters at large on observance of physical distancing norms and public health protocol,” it mentioned in a collection of tweets and shared the letter written by Home Secretary H Okay Dwivedi to the ER normal supervisor.

A letter by the federal government to the Eastern Railway normal supervisor Suneet Sharma learn, “Government of West Bengal has all along been keen to maintain/resume normal transportation services for all sections of the society. As you are kindly aware, our skylines are open for national and international flights, our assistance has been rendered for movement of special trains in, from and to the state. Our buses are giving robust public services to commuters at large.

“In the meantime, you have since resumed suburban train services. It is painful to notice that you are running these trains for your staffs only, while many other sections of governmental service providers and members of the society at large are denied these services,” the letter mentioned. Noting that the state authorities has helped the railway authorities to run metro trains peacefully and effectively, the house secretary urged the Eastern Railways to run a number of pair of suburban trains every day.

“Indeed, rather than taking resort (resorting) to unquiet means, we could and discuss how a few pairs of trains could be run locally in the morning and in the afternoon hours to serve the general commuters at large,” learn the letter written by Additional Chief Secretary H Okay Dwivedi. The resolution to write to Eastern Railways got here within the backdrop of violence at Howrah station after the railway police chased away some commuters as they tried to break open the locked gate of the Howrah-Burdwan Staff Special Train on the station on Saturday.

A spokesman of Eastern Railway mentioned among the commuters boarded the train which was meant for railway workers throughout the Covid-19 time as common train services are but to resume. However, as these commuters had been compelled to disembark by the railway police, they regrouped and tried to break open the gates to board the compartments once more, he mentioned.

The commuters, numbering round hundred, had been then chased away by a joint group of the Government Railway Police and Railway Protection Force from the platform, the spokesman mentioned. The commuters, nonetheless, alleged the railway police resorted to unprovoked lathi cost on them and herded them away from the station platform.

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