Chittaranjan hosts the leading locomotive engine factory
of the Indian railways, most of the train passing over
this town doesn't has a stoppage. Many long distance
trains has been introduced by both Mamata Banerjee &
Nitish Kumar as railway minister, passes through the
Chittaranjan, Madhupur route, no new stoppages at
Chittaranjan has been introduced. Although many requests
from the passengers, the scenario remains same.
The regular passengers for Kolkata, the state capital
& nearest metro has go through inhuman suffering due
to unavailability of direct trains. The passengers has to
travel all the way to Asansol or Sitarampur at the dawn to
catch trains like Asansol - Howrah Agnibina Express,
Dhanbad - Howrah Coalfield Express or Asansol - Sealdah
Intercity Express. Although two trains (3006 Dn. Amritsar
Express & 3020 Dn. Katgudam Express) are scheduled to
reach Chittaranjan at early morning, but they run well
behind the scheduled time most of the days. The scenario
in not different for common people, students, paitents of
Chittaranjan, Mihijam, Rupnarayanpur and Salanpur area.
Passengers cannot trust on the only connecting train 062
Dn. Jashidi - Asansol local as a little late running of
the local means the passengers missing Coalfield Exp. The
commuters demand that a stoppage of 3028 Dn Benaras -
Howrah Bibhuti Exp. & 3106 Dn. Balia - Howrah Express
can solve the problem. The demand is on for locals or
fast-passenger trains between Barddhaman & Jashidi.
"This can be solved easily by extending the Jashidi -
Asansol local upto Burdwan" said a commuter.
The common people of the Chittaranjan - Mihijam area as
angry due to non-availability of computerised reservation
system at the station. Although the administrative office
of the CLW houses one such PRS (Passenger Reservation
System), the facility is only limited to the staffs &
family members of the CLW & the common passengers are
deprived of the facility. "An additional counter or availability
of tickets for common passengers from this unit will not
only enhance the revenue collection from the area but will
meet a long-term demand of ours" said a resident.
"Although we know, Chittaranjan is a exclusive
town-ship of CLW, many passenger of the nearby Mihijam,
Kalyanpur, Rupnarayanpur & coalfield areas of Samdi -
Salanpur will be helped enormously if these justified
demand of ours." he added.
Overall not only CLW staffs & families but people from
the many adjoining areas rely on Chittaranjan as the main
communication point, waiting for the administration to
change their sorrowful tale of railway communication. A
real paradox, the city manufacturing the engines which
pull the Indian Railways needs more trains to pull the dwellers
to their destination.