DIBRUGAR: The Citizens Forum for Development of Assam, a leading NGO, has requested the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to relocate the Dibrugarh – Tinsukia railway line which runs parallel to National Highway -37.
The 92 km long railway line which passes through several important towns in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts has been the major bottleneck and major impediment to development as it runs alongside the busy national highway thus dividing the townships, has said the forum.
“A railway line is a lifeline for the development of any place. However, the existing railway line itself has become the biggest obstacle to the development process of these cities.
“Normally, the railway should not run along the national/state highways, which are considered as engines of socio-economic development of any place, but unfortunately, it goes all the way from Dibrugarh to the city of Dangri du Tinsukia district via Lahoal, Dikom, Chabua, Tinsukia, Makum, Doomdooma and Talap, etc. dividing these townships into two parts and becoming the biggest bottleneck for the development of these areas,” the NGO said in a statement. letter addressed to Prime Minister Modi.
The letter further mentioned that numerous commercial and residential establishments, industries, Chabua Air Base, schools, colleges, hospitals, sports facilities, police stations, places of worship of all faiths and The surroundings of hundreds of villages covering thousands of populations on the southern part of the railway line are directly affected due to the lack of alternative access to their settlements other than by crossing the railway tracks.
The railways also continue to barricade the railway line, affecting the mobility of an ambulance or fire brigade to reach the needy in an emergency, he said.
“Due to the growth of industrial and commercial activities on both sides of the railway to the north and south, a large number of the population have to cross the railway daily at several manned and unmanned level crossings, as well as loaded trucks, cars, rickshaws, etc. and the closing of railway gates has resulted in various inconveniences to the public and significant economic loss to the nation.Besides, the railway line has also restricted the widening of the road parallel to the railway line,” the memorandum states.
The NGO further stated that the issue was mentioned in the Tinsukia City Master Plan in 1971 and a survey was carried out for the relocation of the said railway line in 2012-13 by the Ministry of Railways. . However, a final decision for the benefit of the people has yet to emerge.
“The only solution to the whole problem is to move the railway track from the existing location to another location, possibly according to the survey carried out by the railways in the year 2012-13”, did he declare.