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Heritage station, rail museum in Tinsukia opposed

By StAFF correspondent

DIBRUGARH, May 26 � Dibrugarh Nagarik Sangha (DNS) has taken strong exception to the alleged whimsical attitude of a section of railway officials to start construction of the heritage station and rail museum at Tinsukia, which in fact, should have been established at Dibrugarh, provided the term �heritage� was used in its true sense. This is because, according to historical facts, the present Dibrugarh town (Old Reehabari) station is the first railway station of the entire North East India.

Having been apprised of such a move on part of the railway authorities from an advertisement to this effect in the leading news papers, the sangha immediately dashed off a letter to the Railway authorities on July 17, 2009, upon which the executive director (Heritage) of Railway Board referred the matter of inclusion of Dibrugarh (Old Reehabari) station in the list of heritage stations vide letter No. 2005/Heritage/Par dated 04-08-2009. This was communicated to the working president of Dibrugarh Nagarik Sangha, Jogendra Nath Borah by A S Ganvir , additional divisional railway manager, NF Railway, Tinsukia vide letter no. Z (V)/M-26/Heritage/TSK/DIVN dated 06-08-2009. That letter asked the working president of the sangha to supply authentic document(s)/record(s) in support of Dibrugarh�s claim for inclusion in the list of heritage stations and also stated to take up the case further upon receipt of such documents. Authentic historical facts were supplied accordingly to A S Ganvir on August 27, 2009, according to Nabajyoti Borkakoty, joint secretary, Dibrugarh Nagarik Sangha.

But it is seen that, construction works on the proposed heritage station have already begun in Tinsukia, setting aside all the historical facts which inarguably establish Dibrugarh (Old Reehabari) to be the 1st railway station in entire North East India. On the intention of the railway authorities to shift the running of trains from Dibrugarh town station to the newly built Dibrugarh station at Banipur, the sangha said the organisation welcomes the move provided the Dibrugarh Town (Old Reehabari) station is made a heritage station and a railway museum is established there. If otherwise, the sangha has feared that the railway property in and around Dibrugarh Town station would turn into slums and also might become dens for anti-social elements.

If historical facts are overlooked and construction of heritage station and rail museum goes on elsewhere, the sangha has warned that it would reply to such whimsical attitude of just a couple of railway officials, who allegedly even dare to mislead their higher-ups in Rail Bhavan in Delhi, with a mass movement.

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Heritage station, rail museum in Tinsukia opposed

DIBRUGARH, May 26 � Dibrugarh Nagarik Sangha (DNS) has taken strong exception to the alleged whimsical attitude of a section of railway officials to start construction of the heritage station and rail museum at Tinsukia, which in fact, should have been established at Dibrugarh, provided the term �heritage� was used in its true sense. This is because, according to historical facts, the present Dibrugarh town (Old Reehabari) station is the first railway station of the entire North East India.

Having been apprised of such a move on part of the railway authorities from an advertisement to this effect in the leading news papers, the sangha immediately dashed off a letter to the Railway authorities on July 17, 2009, upon which the executive director (Heritage) of Railway Board referred the matter of inclusion of Dibrugarh (Old Reehabari) station in the list of heritage stations vide letter No. 2005/Heritage/Par dated 04-08-2009. This was communicated to the working president of Dibrugarh Nagarik Sangha, Jogendra Nath Borah by A S Ganvir , additional divisional railway manager, NF Railway, Tinsukia vide letter no. Z (V)/M-26/Heritage/TSK/DIVN dated 06-08-2009. That letter asked the working president of the sangha to supply authentic document(s)/record(s) in support of Dibrugarh�s claim for inclusion in the list of heritage stations and also stated to take up the case further upon receipt of such documents. Authentic historical facts were supplied accordingly to A S Ganvir on August 27, 2009, according to Nabajyoti Borkakoty, joint secretary, Dibrugarh Nagarik Sangha.

But it is seen that, construction works on the proposed heritage station have already begun in Tinsukia, setting aside all the historical facts which inarguably establish Dibrugarh (Old Reehabari) to be the 1st railway station in entire North East India. On the intention of the railway authorities to shift the running of trains from Dibrugarh town station to the newly built Dibrugarh station at Banipur, the sangha said the organisation welcomes the move provided the Dibrugarh Town (Old Reehabari) station is made a heritage station and a railway museum is established there. If otherwise, the sangha has feared that the railway property in and around Dibrugarh Town station would turn into slums and also might become dens for anti-social elements.

If historical facts are overlooked and construction of heritage station and rail museum goes on elsewhere, the sangha has warned that it would reply to such whimsical attitude of just a couple of railway officials, who allegedly even dare to mislead their higher-ups in Rail Bhavan in Delhi, with a mass movement.

Don Bosco, Dibrugarh: Don Bosco School (DBS) , Dibrugarh has been given the go ahead nod for upgrading its school to higher secondary level. The premiere English medium school of the region, which is marking the jubilee year, will start the Arts and Commerce stream this year.