Rail station closed for 3yrs due to lack of manpower...

Dhaka, Sunday   26 September 2021

Hemnagar Rail Station

 Md Selim Hossain, Gopalpur (Tangail) daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 02:17 PM, 11 February 2020   Updated: 02:20 PM, 11 February 2020

Hemnagar Rail Station; Photo: Collected

Hemnagar Rail Station; Photo: Collected

The Hemnagar Rail Station of Gopalpur upazila of Tangail has been closed for three years due to lack of manpower. However, there is a flurry of passengers. Recently, a new intercity train stopped here that increased the number of passengers. In this, passengers using the Hemnagar station are going various types of suffering. 

It is learned that on January 26, a pair of new intercity (Udayan and Paharika) trains called Jamalpur Express were launched on Dhaka-Jamalpur via Bangabandhu Bridge (east side) rail line. It has been operating regularly since January 27. The train also stops regularly at Hemnagar station. 

Apart from this, 37 up 38 down Bahadurabad Express, 253 up 254 down Dhaleshwari Mail and 75 up 76 down local trains also operating at Hemnagar station. But Hemnagar Railway Station has been closed for three years due to the manpower crisis. The passenger service at this station was severely disrupted. 

Hemnagar village resident Ataul Metul said the new intercity train had been launched from January 26. Due to the short trip to Dhaka, the pressure of commuters is increasing. But the whole station is now unprotected, guardianless for lack of staff. 

“Due to no ticket master, passengers are not able to collect quota or standing ticket from here. Some are collecting tickets from Bhuapur which is 10-km away or from Sarisabari station which is 15-km away. But they get trains from here.” 

A ghostly atmosphere was created at the station after evening as there were no people. Passengers suffer in insecurity, he also said. “As there is no one to look after, the station’s auxiliary property is also disappearing day by day. However, there is no concern from authority.”

Confirming the matter, Bangabandhu Bridge East Railway Station Master Masum Khan told that the posts of three masters, three quarters-men, three booking clerks and one-fourth class at Hemnagar Rail Station have been vacant for a long time. “The problem has been brought to the attention of senior authorities,” he added.