Sunday, April 10, 2011

Villagers threaten rail roko over road blocked by railways-TIMES OF INDIA

Villagers threaten rail roko over road blocked by railways

Tags:Pimpalkhuti railway station|Pimpalkhuti Citizens' Action Committee|central railway

YAVATMAL: The villagers of Pimpalkhuti, Pimpri, Pattenbori, Rudha and Kodhori, under Wani sector of Central Railway, are up in arms against the railway administration for closing the unmanned approach road near Pimpalkhuti railway station. The villagers gheraoed Pimpalkhuti railway station master PK Das on April 8 and threatened a rail roko andolan if their demands are not met within eight days.

The protesters spokesperson Suresh Bolenwar said that commuters from Kelapur, Ghatanji, Kalamb and Arni tehsils of Yavatmal have to board the Mumbai-bound Nandigram Express at Pimpalkhuti railway station. However, the cement road leading to the railway station has been closed by the railway administration. Consequently, the commuters are forced to walk at least 2km to the station in the absence of any cheap conveyance. Also, the Pimpalkhuti railway station does not have any civic amenities and commuters are forced to face untold hardships.

"We have made a number of representations to railway authorities and drawn their attention towards the hardships faced by villagers and commuters due to closing of the approach road. We have requested them to reopen the road and ensure basic amenities at the station, but to no avail. Finally, the affected villagers and commuters gheraoed station master PK Das and submitted a memorandum of demands under the leadership of Kishore Tiwari, Suresh Bolenwar and Pimpalkhuti sarpanch Lachhanna Koreddiwar," said Suresh Bolenwar.

The station master has assured the delegation that he would make efforts to reopen the road within eight days.

Chandrapur MP Hansraj Ahir too has written a letter to the railway administration and requested them to solve the issues raised by the villagers.

In December 2010, VJAS and Pimpalkhuti Citizens' Action Committee had organized a protest rally in the vicinity of the railway station and urged the authorities to reopen the blocked road and provide civic amenities at the railway station.

Even district collector Sanjay Deshmukh had instructed the railway administration to construct an approach road for the people to reach the railway station as well as their farms on either sides of the railway track.

Santhosh Rasamwar and others of the Citizens' Action Committee have threatened an indefinite 'rail roko andolan' from May 1 if their demands are not conceded.

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