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A railway station 'by the people'

For 25 long years, no one listened to their pleas. Finally, the residents of Tajnagar village near Gurgaon decided to do do something about it on their own.

And now they have a railway station, complete with two kachcha platforms and a ticket counter. The 700 households contributed Rs 3000 each; some of the better-off chipped in Rs 50,000 and more to collect Rs 21 lakhs to build the station. Not just that. They have also deposited Rs 5 lakhs with the railways to shame it into expanding it.

Their effort has worked. 13 trains, mostly locals, will begin to stop at the station from January 5. The villagers will no longer have to travel 6 kms in three-wheelers to the nearest railway station. A dozen nearby villages will also benefit.

Says something about how government departments work.


Gopinath Mavinkurve said...

Now that's news! Wouldnt be surprised if it is demolished for being "unauthorised" construction - so we will have "breaking" news as usual.

BK Chowla said...

Here is another example of leadership qualities and determination.
Wait for few more days,if the villagers do not give credit of their "inspiration" to some dynastic system,Rly station could be in serious trouble.
I hope not.

Hobo ........ ........ ........ said...

People - The Power always.

Happy Kitten said...

That was inspiring.....

sadly this will not shame the authorities...

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