Bangladesh railway authorities have recently closed five of the ten railway stations of Chuadanga district citing manpower shortage.
There was a similar problem in the other five stations – all relatively understaffed and with inadequate passenger services.
The stations that have been closed are – Ansarbaria, Joyrampur, Gaidghat, Mominpur and Munshiganj railway stations of Chuadanga.
Sources said, although about 18 trains pass through the five closed stations, there are no linesmen, pointsmen and even gatemen. As a result, accidents occur almost every day in these stations.
Meanwhile, due to the lack of security and proper upkeep, the property of the stations, worth millions is being stolen.
Recently, illegal markets and buildings have been constructed on the government land of Joyrampur railway station. A case was filed in this connection with Damurhuda police station against 8-10 people, including two local Jubo League leaders.
But that did little to stop illegal grabbing of government land.
Chuadanga stationmaster, Abdul Khaleq said, only one or two railway staff members were positioned in the closed stations to take care of the valuable property.
At present, 12 intercity trains and six mail trains run through the stations of Chuadanga every day, while Dhaka-Kolkata Moitree train passes through the area four days a week.
Apart from that, trains laden with goods also run regularly through these stations.