He cleans the station every morning with a hope of arrival of passengersThe name of the station is Birsa-Munda Halt Station. The station was opened in 2010 in the Joypur forest of Bankura district of West Bengal. Everyday, only one pair of train passes through this halt station and stops there. But no passenger gets down in this halt station.
It is a halt station. Those who have worked in Railways know that there is no station master or operating (train movement) staff posted in a halt station. But, there may be commercial (ticket and goods booking) staff working in such stations for commercial activities. But this particular halt station doesn't have commercial staff either. The responsibility of ticket-selling was given to a contractor, but as there has been no passenger, the contractor has stopped coming to the station.
On that day in 2010, he came to the forest with his herd of goats, like every other day. He was stunned. The new station was inaugurated by the Railway officers. A beautiful waiting room was constructed with the facility of drinking water and of taking bath. A new toilet was also constructed. He liked the station. He thought very soon passengers would throng this beautiful new station.
But his wish was not fulfilled. No passenger comes to this station in the midst of a forest. The contractor has stopped coming. The trains from Bankura town and to Bankura town stop at the station for a few seconds on their own (as per the direction for halt stations). No passenger takes the train, no one gets down.
The toilet and the waiting room are now in a dilapidated condition. During the evening and at night, anti-social elements come at the station. Nobody comes to the station, especially after the evening.
Only he comes to the station everyday in the morning with his herd of goats. While goats graze in the surroundings, he cleans the station on his own. He doesn't get any money for cleaning the station. He does it on his own.
Manik Dule cleans the station every morning with a hope of arrival of passengers in the station which was inaugurated in front of his eyes in 2010.