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Waltair Railway Division may soon be withdrawn from the jurisdiction of the East Coast Railway (ECoR) headquartered in Odisha and come under a proposed new railway division after the formation of Telangana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