Residents of Dullahpur village in Ghazipur district adopted by Union Minister of State (Railways), Manoj Sinha, under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, Monday began a sit-in at the local railway station alleging that the promises made by the minister were not being fulfilled. They have a nine-point demand list, all of which pertains to improvement of the railway station at Dullahpur.
The agitation got a boost as Rasoolan Devi, the widow of Param Vir Chakra awardee Abdul Hameed, participated in the sit-in. “Despite her bad health and old age, she participated in the sit-in for nearly an hour,” said Hari Om, the gram pradhan of the village.
Public Relations Officer (Varanasi Division), North-Eastern Railway Zone, Ashok Kumar, said the demand-list of the villagers has been accepted and work on improvement of the railway station will begin at the earliest.
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“It should have started earlier, but got delayed due to sudden change in the weather. Otherwise, we are ready to start work on the ground right from tomorrow,” he said.
The village pradhan said besides improvement of the railway station, a stop for Anand Vihar (Delhi)-Sitamarhi (Bihar), Lichhavi Express, be introduced at Dullahpur.
“It is a 10-year-old demand. We get reserved tickets from Dullahpur for Lichhavi Express, but to board it, we have to go to either Mau or Varanasi. Also, this is the place which caters to a large number of villages in the surrounding region and has a large number of people working in Delhi,” said pradhan Hari Om.
Further, the villagers want one more reservation ticket counter and demand that the existing counter remains open for eight hours instead of current two. The other demands include increasing the height of platform No 2, increasing the length of platform No 1, providing drinking water facilities at the station and solar lights on the approach roads.
The pradhan said many of the things in the demand list were assured by the Minister when he adopted the village.
He said, “The agitation will continue till work actually starts here”.