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18 August, 2015 00:00 00 AM
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Khulna rail trips hazardous

Staff Reporter, Khulna

Journey by train from Khulna railway station to different destinations in the different parts of the country is fraught with risk of accidents because of the deplorable condition of the century old slippers on the railway tracts. Accidents occur frequently at the level crossings as most of them have no gatemen. Most of the slippers on the railway tracts were installed during the British period. Except for some minor repairs, these tracts have not undergone any major repair since then.
There are no stones at most of the points on the railway tracts while some points have no slippers either.  Trains move on the tracts with damaged pillars.
Besides, pilferage of the railway property and goods, ticketless travelling, unclean waiting rooms and platforms and lack of toilet and drinking water facilities and corruption by a section of the railway employees have made the railway journey uncomfortable.
Criminals in collusion with a section of dishonest railway employees are involved in pilfering slippers, fish plates, hooks, iron bars, and other materials regularly.
Everyday, a large number of traders engaged in import and export businesses load and unload their goods here.
The government earns a huge amount of revenue from these routes.
The bus fare for journey to and from the district headquarters is high.  So people of the middle and low-income groups prefer to travel by train.
Some train drivers often steel diesel and sell it to local fuel traders.  Dirty platforms and waiting rooms  at most of the railway stations always add to the inconvenience for the passengers.
The floors of platforms and the waiting rooms remain littered with peels of fruits and vegetables, husks of peanut, filth and other materials.
These dirty materials are piled up at the platforms and the waiting rooms as they are not cleaned regularly.
Lack of toilet and drinking water facilities is a perennial problem at many railway stations of the south-western districts. The hand tube wells at the stations most often remain out of order.
Passengers have to go to nearby hotels and restaurants to quench their thirst for water.
The conditions of the toilets and the waiting rooms are beyond description.
The offensive smell emitting from the toilets is simply nauseating and the passengers try to avoid these toilets as far as possible. The government is being deprived of huge income in revenue due to ticketless traveling by a large number of passengers.
Many youths travel by trains without tickets.  They move in groups and harass the ticket checkers if they
want to see tickets from them.
Some ticket checkers allow the
ticketless passengers to move in exchange for money.
Talking to The Independent, some passengers said the railway ministry should take steps to streamline the railway administration by stamping corruption and other lapse and ensure smooth journey of the passengers.
When asked about the condition of the level crossings without gatemen, Senior Sub-Assistant Engineer (Way) of Khulna Sukumar Biswas said most of the level crossings are maid by the local government bodies.
The level crossings were created when the local bodies constructed roads through the railway tracts without informing the railway authorities. So the railway authorities are not liable for the illegal level crossings. Nor are the authorities liable for accident at the illegal level crossings.

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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