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Tindharia locals happy at DHR plans

Statesman News Service | Kurseong |

Residents of Tindharia finally got something to cheer about, thanks to the chairman of the Indian Railway Board, Ashwini Lohani, who ordered a facelift of the Locomotive Workshop of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) and repairs to the Tindharia Railway Hospital.

Mr Lohani also announced new recruitments for the workshop that looks after the world heritage Toy Train.

As he visited the Tindharia Railway Hospital on Tuesday, Mr Lohani made it clear that the hospital is not going to shut down as rumoured, but that modern equipment will be installed there and more medical personnel appointed there.

However, the Board Chairman gave no proper assurances on the Railway Printing Press located in Kurseong.

During his visit to Kurseong on Tuesday, several organizations, including a team from the Kurseong municipality, and MLA Rohit Sharma, served a memorandum to Mr Lohani, where they have demanded that the press should not be shut down, keeping in mind its important and heritage status.

“The Railways must take a fresh decision regarding the closure of the Kurseong printing press,” the memorandum said.”We will definitely look into the matter, but I cannot give assurances,” Mr Lohani, meanwhile, said.