Regretting that Dimapur rail station had been left frozen without any major development despite being the second highest revenue grosser, Railway Contractors’ Union Nagaland (RCUN) has urged Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) to upgrade the station.
In a representation to divisional railway manager (DRM) of NFR, Lumding, the union called constructing a new station building with a bigger and higher central area, bigger waiting halls, a state-of-the-art paid executive waiting hall, processed food and water vending machines, increased number of retiring rooms, fast food units and stalls inside the building and not on the platform by incorporating green building concept. It also suggested shifting of all offices to the upper floor, while keeping the ground floor only for passengers.
Signed by its president Niuto Awomi and general secretary Mughaho Zhimomi, RCUN said goods yards could be shifted to RxRx and utilise platform number no. 5 for passengers.
Appealing for newly constructing all platforms with modern facilities, the union said the entire yard could be covered under one industrial shed like in Mumbai.
Calling for developing all colony roads and drains, RCUN also urged NFR DRM to renovate all railway quarters in Dimapur, which were all more than 50 years old. Suggesting construction of 2/3-storied buildings for staff, the union suggested that the space that would be left out could be developed as playgrounds and make recreational centres, community centres, gardens, shopping malls and kiosks.
Mentioning that the issue of encroachment should be dealt with severely, the union demanded that all encroachments – big or small – should be completely removed and railway property be secured.
Seeking deployment of more personnel for security and patrol, RCUN also sought improvement of lightening arrangements.
If NFR took favourable steps, RCUN said these would further boost the revenue generated by the railway station, while serving the passengers at the same time.
It may be recalled thatNagaland Post had also been highlighting about Dimapur railway station, despite being the second-highest revenue generating station under NFR, still grapples with lack of sanitation and basic passenger amenities.