New Delhi: Passengers traveling by daily train from a distance of 100-150 km in and around Delhi continue to face difficulties.
Now, along with employees, small businessmen, customers, job professionals, traders have also demanded to run passenger trains. The non-running of trains is affecting the business of Delhi and governments are also losing huge revenue.
Apart from Tilak Bridge, Shivaji Bridge, New Delhi, Vivek Vihar, Shahdara, Old Delhi, Sadar Bazar, Sabzi Mandi, Azadpur, Palam, Nangloi, Delhi Cantt, Delhi Sarai Rohilla, Hazrat Nizamuddin, there are many small railway stations and where there are millions daily. Those who have their own vehicle, they are running some kind of work, but those who do not have their own car, their work is at a standstill.
Those coming to Delhi from far away have lost their jobs. They have been sitting at home since lockdown. The salaries of many daily travelers have halved and travel expenses have increased.
Regular passenger trains and mail / express trains have been closed since March 22 to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection. For the first time, train service has been stopped in the country.
Later on May 1, special labor trains were started to take the stranded migrant laborers to their homes. From May 12, some special trains were run on the route of Rajdhani Express. After that some more special trains were run. Reservations have to be done to travel in general class also. Regular trains have not been run yet.
Federation of Sadar Bazar Traders Association Vice Chairman Paramjit Singh Pammah says that he is constantly requesting the central government to run local trains.
The coming time is of festivals.
If work gets beaten up in Diwali, many shopkeepers will have to lock the shop permanently. Due to lack of passenger trains, even small businesses are not able to come from the nearby cities. If they come by cab or their own car, then fuel costs are very expensive.
Along the way, Chandni Chowk, Sadar Bazar, Khari Baoli, Gandhi Market, Tilak Bazar also have a problem of parking.
Small traders fill goods in sacks and take them to their cities by EMU or passenger train. With this, the business flourishes in the nearby cities including Delhi. The government also receives revenue.
Balakrishna Amarsaria, general secretary of Dainik Yatri Sangh on the Palam-Delhi Rewari route, says that before the lockdown, Old Delhi railway station from Palam used to reach in just 35 minutes. The fare used to be only 100 rupees a month. 1500 rupees a month is being spent right now and it is taking 1.30 hours to come in the morning and 2.30 hours to go home.
Through social media, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal have demanded several times to run local trains, but the response is not coming. If the metro has started, then the passenger train should also start.
There is a discussion among the passengers, if the local train also went into private hands, then the monthly pass rates should not be increased.
Daily traveler Yogesh Solanki says that the entire budget of the house has been spoiled due to lack of passenger trains. Earlier, it used to be known from Ghaziabad to Shakurbasti for the cost of 500 rupees a month. Now I am going to do duty by bike. A petrol of 150 rupees is being spent a day. Jams and pollution are also being faced on the road, that is different.
If the local train starts running as before, the expenses will be saved and work can be done easily. Inflation has increased in times of epidemics, in which it is difficult to maintain the family. There is no hope of increasing salary this year. The government is requesting that care should also be taken of the suffering of low income people.