Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday objected to the decision of the Railways to halt the operation of 23 local trains passing through the state from April 24, 2022, for track upgradation work.
Chhattisgarh government wrote to Railway Board urging it to continue the operation of local trains passing through the state.
The South East Central Railway, Bilaspur issued an order on April 23, 2022, stating that the operation of a total of 23 express and local trains passing through Chhattisgarh has been stopped for the next one month from April 24, 2022.
These trains pass daily by different rail routes in Chhattisgarh.
According to the state government, no alternative arrangement has been made for the passengers before the closure of services of these trains.
“There are many people from the middle and lower class who commute daily in these trains. Due to the closure of the services of these trains, there will be a lot of inconvenience in the movement of daily passengers including small traders, people associated with government and other jobs, school and college students etc. Stopping the operation of trains will definitely have an adverse effect on the journeys made during the summer vacations,” reads the State government’s letter to South East Central Railway.
The Chhattisgarh government said earlier a total of 10 trains were discontinued by a similar kind of order by the South East Central Railway issued on March 2022. The state government wrote to Railways on April 5 requesting to continue the operation of the above trains but the request of the state government was ignored.