Closing of Train Routes

The Ministry of Railways has decided to shut down eight train services in West Bengal citing them as losses making routes and claiming it was not possible for them to continue unless the state government bears 50% of the cost.

The loss-making routes as mentioned by the Railways are – Sonarpur-Canning, Shantipur-Nabadwip Ghat, Barasat-Hasnabad, Kalyani-Kalyani Simanta, Ballygunge-Budge Budge, Baruipur-Namkhana, Bardhman-Katwa and Bhimghar-Palasthali.

In a letter dated January 17, 2018, the Chief Commercial Manager (Eastern Railways), SS Gehlot said, “The continued operation of commercially unviable lines, which is source of sustained loss being borne by Indian Railways on its own has been commented upon by the Public Account Committee (PAC) of Parliament in their 42nd report as well as through their 88th report on the action taken note submitted by the Ministry of Railways. PAC has strongly impressed upon the Ministry of Railways to seek the consent of state government’s so as to secure the closure of such loss-making lines.”The Ministry of Railways has decided to shut down eight train services in West Bengal citing them as losses making routes and claiming it was not possible for them to continue unless the state government bears 50% of the cost.

The loss-making routes as mentioned by the Railways are – Sonarpur-Canning, Shantipur-Nabadwip Ghat, Barasat-Hasnabad, Kalyani-Kalyani Simanta, Ballygunge-Budge Budge, Baruipur-Namkhana, Bardhman-Katwa and Bhimghar-Palasthali.

In a letter dated January 17, 2018, the Chief Commercial Manager (Eastern Railways), SS Gehlot said, “The continued operation of commercially unviable lines, which is source of sustained loss being borne by Indian Railways on its own has been commented upon by the Public Account Committee (PAC) of Parliament in their 42nd report as well as through their 88th report on the action taken note submitted by the Ministry of Railways. PAC has strongly impressed upon the Ministry of Railways to seek the consent of state government’s so as to secure the closure of such loss-making lines.”

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