BY TC News Desk
Agartala, March 28, 2023: Transport minister Sushanta Chowdhury on Tuesday brought a consensus to rename ‘Nischintapur Railway Station’ as ‘Charipara Railway Station’ and awaited for approval of state assembly members of renaming it.
He also said that the matter of reference period notice raised by the local MLA of Badharghat assembly constituency Meena Rani Sarkar over water-logging issue will be solved through construction of a temporary canal.
MLA Sarkar on Tuesday raised that the farmers of Charipara area are incurring huge loss in agriculture for water-logging after the construction of Nischintapur railway station under Charipara Mouja in Badharghat assembly constituency.
Chowdhury in his reply said that the Agartala-Akhaura railway link project work started since 2018 to boost up the business between India and Bangladesh. The total KMs from Agartala Railway Station to Nischintapur is 12.5 KMs. IRCON Limited is doing the work of Indian side and TEXMACO is doing the other side work.
“On March 26 last, I have visited the spot of railway construction work with Transport department officials and local MLA Sarkar along with 500 families of that area who are dependent on agricultural lands. A robust infrastructure of railway tracks is going on and ultimately, agricultural lands height declined. Hence, water-logging takes place during monsoon season in those agricultural lands. It is very true. For the last four to five years, people are incapable of farming and grow agricultural crops. Accordingly, I chaired a meeting with the officials of IRCON Limited and farmers of that area. As the lands are mostly of growing paddy, the farmers cannot participate in selling their paddy in MSP and incurring huge financial loss. At last, we have discussed with the IRCON Limited company for constructing a canal in relieving the farmers from water-logging problem in paddy fields. The officials assured that they will talk with the Railway ministry in solving the problems of farmers. Henceforth, if IRCON Limited and Railway ministry extend their cooperation in the coming days then the state government can stand beside the 450 families dependent on agriculture”, he said.
MLA Sarkar in her point of clarification raised the trouble faced by the farmers of that Charipara area. She said that the construction of a temporary canal can solve the problem.
Chowdhury said “The railway yard constructed at Nischintapur, but the Panchayat is Charipara, Mouja is Charipara, Tehsil is Badharghat and assembly constituency is Badharghat. During the meeting on March 26 last, around 700 local people along with MLA were present. They demanded for construction of canal to save their lands from water-logging. On the other hand, the people of the Charipara area are feeling humiliated as the railway station is located at Charipara but named as Nischintapur which is 4-5 KMs away from the spot. Hence, we want to rename it as Charipara railway station.”
On the other hand, Chief Whip Kalyani Roy also mentioned about a similar incident where farmers faced such problem after construction of railway station at Khamarbari area in Teliamura assembly constituency which was later solved with construction of temporary canal.