A survey on various social media platforms will overwhelmingly indicate that the majority of our people favour the railways that are for goods and essentials as a primary initiative.
However, the opposition stems from the fact that in spite of the continued demand for implementation of the Inner Line Permit this subject has been put on hold. What the majority of people favour is an economic uplift that would benefit many in the long term.
Railways can be said to be the lifeline of this nation’s economic development and also a public transporter. The coming of the railhead for goods and services will not only give direct and indirect employment but also support the livelihood of many of our entrepreneurs, farmers, artisans, local industries and other sectors. The taxes paid and levied on road transport has a detrimental effect on essential commodities and in turn causes a stress on the common public which we have seen how the pandemic had caused on the livelihood and necessities for food.
Perhaps those who shout for the Jaitbynriew should stop shedding crocodile tears rather they should be more pragmatic in their approach for an equitable society.