Nagpur: The citizens of Khaparkheda bid a symbolic memorable as well as emotional ‘see off’ to the Nagpur-Chhindawara Narrow Gauge passenger train, which has ceased running from December 1, 2015 on its narrow gauge tracks, under SECR Nagpur division, as it will be replaced by broad-gauge trains.
It had a 105-year-long historic association with the citizens of the area, right form the days of British Rule in India. Among those who formally bid see-off included the ones who were associated with narrow gauge right from their childhood and lovingly used the trains, recalling their experiences of journey with NG trains which had linked the hearts of villagers in rural parts.
Amidst a thousand people gathered to see off the train prominently present were SECR officers and employees, local body office-bearers, Samaj Kalyan sabhapati Dipak Gedam, ZP members Chhaya Dhole, Panchayat Samiti member Bandu Awale, Kishor Choudahri, Sarpanch Anita Murodiya, Police Inspector Bhimrao Thele, HM Laxman Rathod, Prithviraj Borkar, Baba Khan, Ramesh Jain, Dhanraj Dehariya, Dy CTI A V Mulmule, Loco pilot C M Anand, Asst Loco pilot Nitin Pankhede, Khaparkheda station staff, nearby Grampanchayat office-bearers and so on.
The see-off was made so memorable that in the honour of Nagpur-Chhindawara passenger train a huge rally of men and women was organised from Chemri Gate main route with lazeme displayed by Maharashtra Vidyalaya students before the train, beautifully decorated with flowers, and crackers were played. This train will never be seen hence forth by the coming generations, and will remain a legend.
At the outset a function to felicitate the Khaparkheda station staff and NG train staff was held and the citizens offered them shawl-shriphal. The introductory remarks were made by Ramesh Madhumatke while the vote of thanks was proposed by Amar Jain. Various political party-members were also present on the occasion.
It may be mentioned that Khaparkheda, widely know as an industrial estate in entire Maharashtra has been recorded as Khaparikheda in the railway department.