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पत्रांक:11पीआर/06/2021 प्रेसविज्ञप्ति दिनांक:26.06.2021
It happens for the first time!
Several ‘Firsts’ in Hon’ble President's train Journey to Kanpur
Railwaymen calling Shri Ram NathKovind as the "Peoples' President" for using train – commonman's mode of transport.
Hon'ble President of India Shri Ram NathKovind travelled to Kanpur from Delhi by Presidential Train on Friday, 25th June. This Journey of Hon’ble President has marked several “Firsts” in the history of Indian Railways in general and North Central Railway in particular.
This is the first time that Hon’ble President will be visiting his birthplace after taking over his present assignment.
It is also the first time in the history of Indian Railways when any President came out of his special train enroute his journey to interact with common people and address the gathering at any roadside railway stations.
Further, it is also the first time when Hon'ble President of India decided to undertake train Journey by a Presidential train as opposed to the Presidential saloon which was in vogue in yesteryears. It may be noted that Hon’ble President traveled in a coach comparable to the ones in Maharaja Express tourist train. The service of the Presidential Saloon which was in use since independence had been discontinued on the instructions of Hon’ble President as that costs heavily. This saved the exchequer crores of rupees annually which was incurred in the upkeep of those Saloons.
Hon’ble President's train Journey has been a morale booster and a confidence builder for Railwaymen involved in the process and at large as well.
Now the Railwaymen are fondly calling Shri Ram NathKovind as the ‘Peoples' President for his decision to take a ride on the common man’s mode of transportation. Loco Pilots of the Presidential train Sanjay Kumar Singh and Anil Kumar Dixit have described this journey as their "journey of lifetime". They felt pride in becoming part of this journey.
Railwaymen worked hard day and night to provide flawless and seamless journey for nation's first citizen. Functionaries involved in the process included the staff and officers from all ranks and departments of organization. Vinod, trolleyman in track maintenance department at Dadri station says we inspected the tracks thoroughly before passing of this train. I felt proud as a railwayman as our president was using train as his mode of conveyance to his home. Exchanging All Right signals at Stations, level crossings and passing trains is integral part of IR safety protocol in train operations. Vivek Kumar gateman, Devesh Kumar Pointsman Aligarh station, LakhanLalMeena Passenger Guard Tundlaheaquarter, Santosh Kumar Station Master Etawah and numerous other alert Railwaymen performed their duties diligently and expressed the feeling of satisfaction and pride after the train passed safely from their locations. They called the moment to be awesome for all railwaymen. Akshay Deep Chauhan, Guard of the Presidential Train from Delhi Safadarjung to Kanpur Central said, “I lived one of the most unforgettable moment of my life, being the guard of the presidential train was an opportunity for life time. This journey gave me the deepest sense of fulfilment, delight and happiness”.
The teams deployed at two stop overs at Jhinjhak&Ruraand at Kanpur Central Railway Station in the leadership of GM/NCR Shri V.K Tripathi and DRM Prayagraj Shri Mohit Chandra kept everything up to the mark to welcome Hon’ble President.