Kothagudem: Members of different political parties and peoples’ organisations formed the Committee for Restoration of Singareni Train to fight for the cause of restoration of the conventional Singareni Passenger train that originates here. The members of the committee submitted a memorandum to the district administration and later staged a demonstration in front of the Collector’s office shouting slogans in support of their demand on Monday.
Speaking to the press, the committee office bearers K Panduranga Chary, Janga Shyam Sunder, Srinivas Reddy, B Vijay, A Sharath and others wanted the South Central Railway (SCR) to immediately withdraw Push-pull train being run now and restore Singareni Passenger.
They listed out the problems being faced by the passengers in coal-belt areas. The train was the main connecting point for all the employees of SCCL and their families as well as others living in 10 districts falling under coal belt area. Shyam Sunder and Panduranga Chary informed that Kothagudem youth and members of Akhila Bharatiya Yadava Sangham have conducted a signature campaign in connection with the issue. As many as 10,000 signatures were collected and a petition would soon be submitted to the SCR General Manager.
They further informed that the committee has planned to conduct a day-long awareness meeting at Kothagudem on May 24 to mobilise public support for the cause. Similarly it was planned to launch relay-hunger strike after May 24 demanding to restore Singareni Passenger Train. Committee members K Anudeep, Martini Laxmi, K Vanitha and were present.
In a statement in connection with the issue, the DYFI district general secretary Jalaal Mohammed and others objected the silence being maintained by Kothagudem MLA Vanama Venkateshwar Rao even as the public and other political parties staging protests.
The leaders demanded the MLAs and MPs in coal belt area to respond to the issue and put pressure on the SCR to withdraw Push-pull train and restore Singareni Passenger equipped with advanced coaches and increased amenities.
Members of Committee for Restoration of Singareni Train stage dharna at the Collectorate at Kothagudem on Monday.