Strap: After the embezzlement of funds controversy regarding Ludhiana Railway Station parking, higher official set the parking free to invite miscreants to one of biggest junction of Northern Railway. Officials shirking to answer about the issue and their responsibility over it.
Despite of the bomb blast at Nirankari Bhawan in Amritsar on Sunday afternoon, it seems railway authorities have not learnt any lesson. The security of commuters at the Ludhiana Railway Station is at stake due to the security lapses at the entrance only, then what to talk about inside premises. The higher railway authorities seems to be waiting for major tragedy to happen at the Ludhiana Railway Station, which is one of the biggest junctions of Northern India. As there is not even a single official deputed to take care of the two railway parkings at the main entrance and rear side of the station. No one is keeping a check on which vehicle is going inside the railway station and parked in the premises for how long. From the past four months, the higher railway authorities have set the parking of Ludhiana Railway Station free. The parking has been set free allegedly by the Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Feroezpur Division, Hari OM. It is pertinent to mention that after the parking contract was over at the Ludhiana Railway Station, no one has been given the contract for parking by the railways. According to sources, in the recent past certain railway officials were given responsibility for running the parking at railway station. But after the allegations of corruption against them in running the parking they were put off the from duty. The railway officials, NRMU, URMU union members and commuters showed the concern regarding free parking. As they rues, “There is no one to take care which vehicle is standing at the parking and from how many days. If anyone parks the vehicle at station with any type of illegal things or granide there is no one to keep a check and point a finger. Even number of vehicles were stolen from the station.” Parminder Singh, daily commuter at the Ludhiana Railway Station said, “There is no security of railway commuters at the station as from past few months parking is free at the station. Though financially it’s good but in terms of the security it’s really a cause of concern. Now vehicles are haphazardly parked at the railway station and no one stops anyone to park vehicles there. Few vehicles we witness parked for many days and number of times we report to GRP also. It’s not a good thing from a security point of view as anyone can plant a bomb in vehicle and can park. Someone should be deputed at railway station or should be given parking contract to keep a tab on the parked vehicles.” The railway officials and union members at the railway station requesting anonymity alleged, “We also want that parking should be given in the hands of a contractor but higher railway officials are avoiding a controversy by not deputing any contractor. As when certain railway officials were given a duty to look after parking than they did embezzlement of funds in it after which those duties were taken back from them. But after some time the controversy regarding embezzlement of funds went in to cold kitty.”“Just to avoid revival of funds embezzlement controversy, higher railway authorities are avoiding putting tender for the same. But in this scandal only security of commuters and employee have been put at stake”, alleged union members and railway officials deputed at railway station. They further alleged that SDCM, Feroezpur Division is not taking any kind of interest in giving contract to anyone. When the Senior Divisional Commercial Manager (SCDM), Feroezpur Division Railways, Hari OM contacted, he shirking responsibility said, “You may ask to CMI”. Despite the fact it comes under SDCM jurisdiction only. When CMI contacted he refused to comment on the issue saying, “I cannot give any departmental information. I wont ans over it. Its not under me.” This shows that something is wrong at the bottom as none of the high officials ready to ans it and least bothered for the security of railway passengers.
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