Kolkata: West Bengal government has decided to provide security in trains passing through Maoist-hit areas in the night hours.

A decision in this regard was taken in a high level meeting held on Wednesday. The Chief Secretary of the state Samar Ghosh will write to the Railway officials to apprise them of the decision.

According to sources, the State government has asked the Railway authorities to increase the number of CCTVS installed at sensitive stations, provide proper lighting facilities on rail track and raise the number of gang men.

The South –Eastern Railway had stopped the movement of trains on the Kharagpur-Tata and Kharagpur-Adra  section between 10 pm and 5am in view of Gyaneshwari Express tragedy which took place in Maoist affected area of West Medinipur in May last year.

Recently, Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Bannerjee, in course of her Jangal Mahal tour had announced that night train services in the Maoist–hit areas will be soon resumed. It was followed by the tour of the DGP (Railways) who prepared a report on resuming the train services in the night hours.

It is remarkable that the Jharkhand and Orissa government had assured the Railway authorities of providing proper security but the problem could not be sorted out since no initiative had been taken by the West Bengal Government.

Now after getting a green signal from the West Bengal government, it is being hoped that night train services which had been stalled for the last 14 months will soon resume.

JPN/Bureau