New Delhi: Concerned over the prevailing situation in Assam, Railway Minister Mukul Roy today sought deployment of adequate forces in the affected areas to ensure safety of passengers and trains.
"Railway Minister spoke to Chidambaram and Gogoi and apprised them of the difficulties being faced by the Railways in ensuring safe and smooth movement of trains to and from Assam," said a close aide of Roy.
Roy emphasised that the safety and security of the passengers are of uppermost concern and the movement of passenger carrying trains in the affected areas will be governed keeping in view this objective.
Till now, 26 trains have been cancelled due to the disturbance in the region. In addition, 37 trains have been regulated at various stations on the route resulting in trains running behind schedule.
Seeking adequate deployment of security forces specially at the 54 km long route, the badly affected area between Srirampur and Salakati stations, to ensure smooth and safe movement of trains, Roy informed that the Railways is trying its best to regulate the train movement in the zone.
He said efforts are on to run those trains which were stranded in the region for more than 24 hours.
Roy also informed that the Railways is taking steps to position affected trains at bigger stations so that the stranded passengers could be provided with food, water and security.
He pointed out that Railways has geared up to provide best possible care to the stranded passengers in the given circumstances.
Zonal railways specially North East Frontier Railway and Eastern Railway are issuing regular bulletins informing public about cancellation and regulation of trains in the affected area.