Unnao boy writes to Modi about long route to school from home, PM steps in

The letter prompted the Prime Minister to ask the Railway Ministry to intervene.

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Updated: February 2, 2016 8:45 am
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A letter written by an 11-year-old to the Prime Minister has sent Railway officials in a tizzy.

Nayan Sinha, who lives in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district and studies in Chandrashekhar Azad Intermediate College, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last September. In the letter, the Class VII student wrote about how the absence of a crossing at the railway tracks between his locality and the school meant he and 200 other students had to take a longer route every morning.

The letter prompted the Prime Minister to ask the Railway Ministry to intervene. But, there was one problem. Senior divisional commercial manager (Northern Railways) A K Sinha explained that under a new railway policy, a railway crossing or overbridge cannot be constructed till the state government puts in a request with the Railway Ministry, which then sends a team to assess the site and approve the demand.

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Sinha said he has conveyed this to Nayan, and would soon write a reply to the Railways head office in Delhi, which would be forwarded to the Prime Minister.

“I never cross the railway tracks as my parents have asked me not to. But the alternate route is much longer, so I reach school late and get punished on most days. In September last year, without informing anyone, I posted the letter to the Prime Minister. I wrote about how I have to walk extra to reach school,” said Nayan.

“I had forgotten about the letter. Then, two days ago, my family received a letter from the divisional engineer, Northern Railways, mentioning my application sent to the Prime Minister. But no Railway official has visited us or sent any clear response to my request so far,” said Nayan, who has a 14-year-old sister.

“The railway track is about 100 metres from our house. Ever since the track came up, Nayan has to walk over two kilometres to reach the manned railway crossing at Rajepur, and then to school. Around 200 children from our colony take the same route. My son sent a letter to the Prime Minister requesting him to make arrangements for a railway crossing or overbridge on the railway track, which would reduce the distance between the colony and the school. It will not just help schoolchildren, but also the sick and elderly,” said Nayan’s father Ashutosh.

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  1. I
    Irfan Khan
    Feb 2, 2016 at 10:25 am
    Great to see PM work on this this is the basic difference between CORRUPT CONGRESSGOONS and BJP Proud to be INDIA I will VOTE ONLY BJP
    1. L
      Feb 2, 2016 at 3:31 am
      Where are the funeral specialists Rahul and Kejri. They only go to funerals.
      1. A
        ak dev
        Feb 2, 2016 at 7:35 am
        A K Sinha's response is pathetic. Railway should sack such officers who have mastered the art of buck ping. Unless there is a political interference nothing get initiated in India. Railway must be aware of such problems faced by people but their officers don't act until punched by a politician .
        1. A
          Feb 2, 2016 at 9:38 am
          In the next few days we can expect our PM to have PHOTO OPP. with this boy. Matriculate Smiti will also be there in it.
          1. P
            PN badri
            Feb 2, 2016 at 3:33 pm
            All over India this problem persists including BJP ruled states. Due to poor coordination between state/railways lot of railway crossing ROB works pending apart from fund allocation by both parties. For e.g. in Tamil Nadu GuduvancherI rly gate ROB pending for the past 4/5years and people put into lot of inconvenience.
            1. C
              Feb 3, 2016 at 6:00 pm
              The clic example of red tape. The railways can construct anything within their property but for such matters they need a 'request' from the state government. They can construct the overbridge or crossing entirely within their land without any 'request' from anybody...
              1. H
                Feb 2, 2016 at 1:30 pm
                To counter this news, Pappus army will kill a Dalit and Rahul will go and sit dharana there against Modi
                1. N
                  Feb 2, 2016 at 3:42 pm
                  The article is not about nautankiwal kejri. Have you completed your matriculation? Can you read and comprehend?
                  1. K
                    kamath Ramesh
                    Feb 2, 2016 at 10:01 am
                    It is the greatness of the PM that he even acted on the letter of 14 year old boy. Now it must be seen whether the state govt would take note of the young students plea and request railway to build a level crossing there. I am sure some thing will surely come out
                    1. S
                      Feb 2, 2016 at 6:16 am
                      The Railways own land on both sides of the tracks. It can easily build an overbridge across the tracks for which no proposal would be required from the State Government. Even otherwise also, the Railways can take up with the State Government informing them of the request received from the young student and ask them if they have any objection to the same. Knowing how the State Government works, they can give a time line by which the State Government's reply is to be given failing which the Railways can presume that the State Government has no objection. Many bureaucrats have changed with time, some politicians have also changed with time, but the DCM(NR) Shri A.K. Sinha has not, it appears.
                      1. K
                        Feb 2, 2016 at 7:23 am
                        If similar requests are taken instantly,results favour Mr Modi. But only ping the directive and asking for follow up is only routine affair all these days and excuses ,as state government has to permit(FEDERAL)is all humbug.There are so many such requests they ,Railways and Bureaucracy say but minimum requirements of hapless kids and pedestrians has to meet. Unmanned railway crossings ,man s for example are some small issues where tragedies take place. Instead of spending so much money after the tragedy ,precautionary measures saves time and energy. The latest one a boy fell in the school tank,- enquiries, as usual but if there is cover or grill to the well no such mishap would have taken place. This ping of the buck mentality should be over and deterrent action for the concerned taken.
                        1. M
                          Feb 2, 2016 at 2:17 pm
                          If it happened only because the boy wrote the letter and pm directly act upon it ,then it is completly wrong. There is i guess will be thousands of places in india with the same situation and problem so do they will honour them.i do not think so. If every child or every person have to write to pm for there local problems. If the govt. Do not have there own survey dept.,planning dept. .how some body can override every thing else because some body write a letter to pm. Do not mix emotions with the planning of city or country. Stop appraising one party over another.just do the right thing which supposed to be right not do it because pm said it. God bless india and all us indians. If you want to do good for some indiviual or want pority do with your own money and time not with tax payers money. I still do not understand that if that crossover was in consideration before or it just happening .
                          1. M
                            Feb 2, 2016 at 3:29 am
                            A pedestrain crossing can be easily constructed... At least for students at low cost
                            1. M
                              Feb 2, 2016 at 9:56 am
                              I think bureaucrats in India are bigger than politicians
                              1. M
                                mimi sur
                                Feb 2, 2016 at 5:28 am
                                Delighted. Now we have a PM who listens to us . All Hail Mr.Modi !!
                                1. K
                                  Feb 3, 2016 at 7:13 am
                                  Railways need to deploy their personnel during school hours so that children are helped to cross the railway line safely till formal arrangement is made.
                                  1. K
                                    Krishnakumar Narayanan
                                    Feb 3, 2016 at 4:48 am
                                    Till official arrangements are made, use a red signal at the crossing point during school timings. Somebody from school can supervise the students crossing rail at this time.
                                    1. N
                                      Feb 2, 2016 at 7:31 am
                                      the response of Mr Sinha is bizarre and totally unbecoming of an officer of the appoint he his holding. He should be sacked forthwith.
                                      1. M
                                        Munukutla Venkateswararao
                                        Feb 3, 2016 at 3:03 pm
                                        Is it not possible to construct an over-bridge?
                                        1. R
                                          R. Singh
                                          Feb 2, 2016 at 1:28 am
                                          What a change. A PM concerned about a child's education. Nehru hi family, only concerned with how to loot.
                                          1. S
                                            Salil Das
                                            Feb 2, 2016 at 3:12 am
                                            It is good that a little boy has taken initiative to ease way to his school which benefited to all other. We all act in a similar way as and when it is necessary.
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