My wife Sabita Biswas,aged 56 is travelling by 13049 Amitsar Express. Coach B-one,Berth number 48.She is in mourning as her elder brother died and she has to join her family in Bijnore. I saw her leaving Howrah on 13:50 by the train.Since,I could not go,we opted for 3A ticket and it was only available as all trains remain full until May 2nd. We could not manage a return ticket as she has to look for Tatkal on her return.
Amritasar Express has no Pantry Car and travellers have to starve as they are not getting even drinking water as hawkers are not allowed and IRTC has to do nothing with serving food to Amritsar Express.They could not manage even drinking water. On stations you may not get anaything thanks to catering privatisation.It is being proved to be horrible expreince to feel good about your Bullet PPP model for general pubic. My home State Uttarakhand is no more a part of the most powerful Uttarpradesh and is neglected by Indian government.
Potentially,the most beautiful Hill stations and most holy pilgrimage, Uttarakhand destinations have very selected connectivity in every means.Power equations have not to change just because of Uttarakhand in New delhi and hence, Uttrakhand people have not to get the Railway Booty which other states have.We have no direct train for Nainital from Mumbai while have only one weekly Lalkuan Express and a Horrible long distance slowest train Bagh Express from Howrah.
The trains going through Uttarakhand have nothing to offer. Every train is super slow and almost none of them have any facility for travellers and those have to travel in Uttarakhand have to feel the Hell losing. Even the Punjab bound trains have nothing, we could realise this time only. Others may share their experience and we may publish.
Railway Budget has been claimed to be focused on traveller`s security and better food and facilities. Yes, while you travel by Rajdhani or Durnta and some other VVIP trains bound to super Smart Metro cities, you have on to complain.
If a train bound to the holy city, Amritsar where the Golden Temple is situated,means hell losing,your claim to make religious journey seems to be business friendly Five Crore endorsement for Celebs as Aamir Khan paid,only which means just starving for general taxpayers. I am just sharing this to highlight the resultant dreams exposed naked which have everything for Desi Videshi Capital inflow for Complete Privatization of Railway at the cost of Taxpayer Indian citizens.
I know, the PM, the Railway Minister, Railway Board and Railway officials have nothing to do with public grievances. I am sharing this horror for those who have to travel by Indian Railway to become Bullet literally as it means.
Senior Journalist and Social Activist