Nagpur: A delegation of Vidarbha Taxpayers Association (VTA) led by its president J. P. Sharma welcomed Brijesh Kumar Gupta by handing bouquet of flowers, who recently took charge as Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) at Nagpur Division of Central Railways. Also present during the meeting was Kush Kumar Mishra, senior divisional commercial manager.
Sharma informed DRM about the activities carried by VTA in public interest, including PIL for early completion of Ram Jhula, suggestions for traffic movement of Jai Stambh Square and also about VTA’s plans to state government requesting them to take Phase II of Ram Jhula to Kingsway, instead of landing the same at Jai Stambh Square.
Tejinder Singh Renu, secretary of VTA requested about recent issue of discontinuation of golf cart services from Nagpur Railway Station sighting security reasons. Renu specifically admitted that VTA too strongly believes in safety first concept, however if so far there has been zero mishap with these carts then it certainly requires a second thought.
Renu highlighted that these carts were donated by few responsible citizens of Nagpur as a noble cause and were permitted to ply by earlier DRMs since last almost 2 years. Moreover they are battery operated having limited speed and is also equipped with quite capable brakes; therefore it is surely far more under control than the human pushed/pulled trolley (two & four wheeler) commonly used for huge luggage or material by Porters. Furthermore accidents are accidents; unfortunately trains too have met with accidents, but services are never withdrawn, so this issue surely requires reconsideration.
DRM Brijesh Kumar Gupta appreciated about the activities of VTA and brought to the knowledge of VTA that there are few issues in cart matter which need to be addressed and he categorically said that he is positive about its restart soon; the moment these small issues are addressed, we’ll take appropriate decision.
VTA assured DRM that VTA will coordinate with the donors so that the issues are sorted out at the earliest, however requested that instead of stopping this humanitarian service instantaneously, its better that railways should keep services continued and give a month’s time to take appropriate steps on carts, so that inconvenience to senior citizens and handicaps is avoided, DRM Gupta assured to reconsider this point too.
Also present in VTA delegation were VTA’s joint secretary Hemant Trivedi, Executive Body Members Amarjeet Singh Chawla, Rajesh Kanoongo, Krishna Dayma and Rohit Kanoongo.