Follow Up story: Ludhiana Railway Station authorities waiting for the tragedy to happen
Headline: Railways facing losses worth rupees lakhs daily due to free parking in Ludhiana
The biggest junction of Northern India, Ludhiana Railway Station is facing the loss of worth rupees laths daily for not deputing anyone on the parking of railway station. Ludhiana railway station has two parking’s, which includes one main big parking at the main entrance and other at the rear side of station. Earlier northern railways was earning hefty amount from this biggest junction of the region. But from the past few months the income of railways is zero from Ludhiana Railway Station, which use to be around twelve to fifteen lakhs daily and in crores yearly. Infact lakhs of passengers board the train from Ludhiana Railway Station. High rank railway official at the Ludhiana Railway Station requesting anonymity alleged, “To avoid the issue of funds embezzlement higher railway officials at the Feroezpur are not giving railway parking contract to anyone. It is the duty of the SDCM to arrange the parking contractor through tenders or else but he is shirking his responsibility.” He further alleged, “We have also raised this issue but high officials put a deaf ear to our demand. Safe and secure parking is the basis for the safety of passengers. Parking should be given on the safe hands for everyone’s security so that Amritsar like incident should not be repeated in Ludhiana.” It is pertinent to mention that previous day SDCM and CMI of Feroezpur Division shirked the responsibly of answering over this issue which shows they are not all bothered for the safety and security of the railway passengers as well as officials. Railway passengers, Union members and other employees were also worried about the fact of finding terrorists poster at the Ludhiana railway station previous day. It has put everyone in tizzy at the railway station. Raj Kumar, a bank official who was traveling to New Delhi when asked about parking issue said, “Yes, I have noticed while parking my car that there is no one to give slips or check out. I have to stay in New Delhi over night and will pick my car tomorrow. So it’s very insecure but I have no option. If anyone plants a bomb in it who would be responsible as there is no check over it by the authorities. He further added, “We pay a good amount of money for our tickets and taxes, atleast we should be provided with the secure railway station parking and journey. We can pay parking fees atleast for our safety, it’s a big lapse on the part of the railway authorities.”The Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Feroezpur Division said, “There must be some technical reasons behind the delay of giving its contract. The tender opened twice for the Ludhiana Railway Station parking but no suitable offers came. Now tender is open again from our side and should be finalized soon keeping in mind the safety and security of the passengers.” Otherwise we would not have let the railways face any kind of loss. I would look in to the matter parking matter personally now and needful would be done at the earliest possible.” He further said “The security of the railway passengers and officials is our first priority and we will soon provide a safe parking to passengers and officials at the railway station.” But about the funds embezzlement issue he maintained a silence only. BOX: DRM to visit Ludhiana railway station tomorrow, GM Northern Railways a day after
Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Feroezpur Division, Vivek Kumar to visit the Ludhiana Railway Station in pretext of General Manager, Northern Railways Visit at the station on Friday. DRM is suppose to check the arrangements before the visit of GM railways in order to set everything right on the track. As prior to GM visit each year all the officials remain on their tracks to make the station look better than the usual. GM is always given a red carpet welcome here.
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