Kolkata: The West Bengal government is
ready to provide security for the resumption of night
passenger trains passing through Maoist-affected parts of the
state, officials said on Tuesday.
The state chief secretary Samar Ghosh will tomorrow
write a letter to the railways intimating them of the
government`s consent in providing security.
The state government will also suggest the railways to
install CCTV cameras in platforms of sensitive railway
stations, illumination system along the railway tracks and
increase the number of gangmen employed, sources said.
After the Jnaneswari Express disaster in May last year
in the Maoists-infested West Midnapore district of West
Bengal, the South Eastern Railway had restricted the movement
of trains along the Kharagpur-Tata and Kharagpur-Adra sections
between 10 pm and 5 am.
Recently, during her visit to Jangalmahal, Chief
Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced that the railways would
resume night operations along the affected stretches soon.
Dilip Mitra, DG (railways), who visited the affected
areas later on, had recently submitted a report to the state
government as to how the night services can resume.