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Move to withdraw Waltair div. from ECoR underway, Odisha to lose heavily

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 5:

Waltair Railway Division may soon be withdrawn from the jurisdiction of the East Coast Railway (ECoR) headquartered in Odisha and come under a proposed new railway division after the formation of Telangana state, reliable sources in the ECoR said.

ECoR East Coast RailwayPlans are on to create a sub central or Vishakhapatnam zone under Telangana state, which  is going to submit a proposal to this effect to the Centre very soon,the sources added.

It may be mentioned here that a demand for creation of a railway zone at Vishakhapatnam was raised during the agitation for formation of the Telangana state which is now under consideration of the Centre.

The head office of the Waltair Division under ECoR is now at Vishakhapatnam.

The Telengana government is keen on creation of a sub central railway division with its head office at Guntur by bifurcating the Hyderabad-based South Central Zone.

If the  plan is carried out, more than 30 railway stations in Koraput and Rayagada districts would come under the jurisdiction of the proposed division in Telangana.

Apart from these two districts, the Vizianagaram-Therubali, Vizianagaram-Palasa and Vizianagaram-Jadgalpur routes that account for 1052 km of rail route come under the ECoR. Several big and small industries depend heavily on the Waltair division that came under ECoR in 2003.

As compared to other railway divisions, ECoR gets maximum revenue from the Waltair division.

Considering its high profitability, efforts are now on to withdraw this division from the ECoR, a senior officer at the ECoR headquarters office here said on condition of anonymity.

It may be recalled that a move to shift the ECoR headquarters office from Bhubaneswar was mooted by former Union Railway minister V Kishore Dev who had even submitted a written proposal to the AK Antony Committee.

“The Odisha government should act quickly and resolutely to retain the Waltair division under ECoR failing which the state would incur huge loss of revenue besides losing the scope to demand for expeditious implementation of the ongoing railway projects in Koraput and Rayagada districts. Besides, the ongoing railway projects in Nabarangpur and Malkangiri districts would also be hampered”, the ECoR official warned.

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  1. Why protesting now ??? We have written so many complaints and requests about trains for Vizag to EcoR . But they never listened and cared. i think 50% income comes from Waltair division itself.. People of Vizag suffered a lot for last two decades due to lack of trains. because of biased administration by EcoR ….. After so many years of fight , we have managed one train between chennai and vizag , that too it is s weekly train… If any new train comes, it should be allocated with new coches,, but they provided with old coaches and they transfered new coaches for their own state trains..Yu know how much people from our place are suffering??? why dont you listen then ??? . How fair is it ? Injustice has been done for 2 decades… Why dont you protest then CM Naveen Patnaik..????? Just answer my question and start protesting…

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