BJP National General Secretary and Incharge for Jammu and Kashmir UT, Tarun Chug and senior leader Devender Singh Rana today called on the Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in the national capital and sough two-minute stopover of the Uttar Kranti Express and Jammu Mail at Manwal Station of Nagrota Assembly Constituency in Jammu.
Mr Chugh highlighted the crucial importance of the Manwal Station for commuters, including the government employees, students and workforce from immediate vicinities. He said railways are of immense significance in this part of the country with Jammu being the most thronged city for Shri Mata Vaishno Devi bound pilgrims and tourists on their way to the Valley and Ladakh.He said the stopover will facilitate a large chunk of the population and ease their working and other economic pursuits.
Making a strong case for consideration of the plea , Mr Devender Rana expressed his gratitude to the Union Railway Minister for agreeing in principle about the stopover. He said the two trains used to stop prior to Covid pandemic but this routine had come to halt since the past over two years for reasons better known to the Northern Railways.
Mr Rana said the stopover of the two trains has become all the more important as the DMU running up to Udhampur is already catering to the growing travelling needs of commuters. Since there is no public transport on this important stretch, the railways become the only hope for many commuters, comprising professionals, employees, students and the common masses.The Union Minister assured Mr Chugh and Mr Rana that a favourable decision will be taken in this regard very soon.