There was no welcome party when she reached. Then she had to wait for 20 minutes in the waiting room of the Chandigarh railway station for the railway officials. This was enough a trigger for MP Kirron Kher to lose her cool and lash out at the northern railways’ senior officials after finding ‘shortcomings’ in works she was asked to inaugurate.
She inaugurated a child-care cabin, LED lights, executive lounge and an air-conditioned retiring room at the station on Monday.
Kher said she was told to reach at 11am, but the railway officials turned up at 11:20am. Among the railway officials present were general manager of (northern railways, Delhi) AK Puthia, divisional railways manager (DRM), Ambala division, Dinesh Kumar and senior divisional commercial manager Praveen Diwedi.
“We have other events as well and cannot afford to wait so much. I rushed to the station to reach on time only to find here no one, except for a photographer. We reached 20 minutes before the railway officials walked in,” said the visibly upset MP.
Kirron reprimanded the officials over absence of AC in the child-care cabin that she inaugurated. Speaking to the DRM, she said, “Try sitting with your kid under this fan, it will be uncomfortable. The direct air will be on the child’s head. Make this room air-conditioned rather.”
She was not impressed with the facilities at the air-conditioned retiring room, comprising a double bed, an almirah, an attached bathroom, a dressing room and a toilet. “Who has constructed this room? Why is there a corridor between the bathroom and the dressing room? The toilet is in the corner. If somebody is taking the bath, will he or she run in the towel to change his clothes in the dressing room? Put a curtain in the middle or make the required changes,” she said.
Later, in the executive lounge, she reportedly became furious finding no AC there. She became more upset when the officials differed on whether the lounge was air-conditioned or not.
She refused to comment on the proposed Tejas Express train between Chandigarh and Delhi, saying, “Ask the government to deal with the traffic in Delhi; even-odd policy will not help. I am not talking about the union government but the Delhi’s AAP government.”
Puthia said, “There are some suggestions from the MP with regard to the fan and the alignment of the wall. We will get them examined and make changes accordingly. Suggestions are very important.”