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Odisha CM opposes shifting Waltair dvn out of ECoR; demands 3 new dvns

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 6:

Taking strong exception to the move by the Centre to withdraw the Waltair division from the jurisdiction of the East Coast Railway (ECoR), Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has demanded three new divisions in the state.

Naveen Patnaik“Since efforts are on to withdraw the Waltair (Vishakhapatnam) division from ECoR jurisdiction as part of the restructuring of a new sub-central (Vishakhapatnam) zone under Telengana, I demand creation of three new railway divisions in my state under ECoR. The three new divisions should be set up at Jajpur-Keonjhar, Rayagada and Rourkela or Jharsuguda,” Patnaik said in a letter to Railway minister Sadanand Gowda.

Giving a detailed analysis, the chief minister said out of a total of 1106 km of rail route under Vishakhapatnam division, 410 km of rail route (37 percent) goes through Koraput and Rayagada while 521 km (47 percent) comes under Seemandhra.

“However, out of a total amount of railway freight, the Vishakhapatnam division collects 80 percent freight from Vishkhapatnam-Khordha, Vishkhapatnam-Titlagarh-Raipur, Titlagarh-Sambalpur and Kothavalasa-Koraput-Kirandul sections,” Patnaik pointed out.

While 669 km (27.5 percent) of rail route out of a total of 2431 km of rail route in Odisha lies along mining areas like Joda-Barsuan and Ib Valley, the shifting of these rail routes to the Vishakhapatnam division from ECoR jurisdiction would be unjust, the Chief Minister said.

“The Railway ministry, before withdrawing Vishakhapatnam division from ECoR jurisdiction, must restructure the ECoR by adding more railway divisions to it failing which the state government will not tolerate such move,” Patnaik clarified.

The chief minister also informed the Railway minister that his government had submitted a proposal for creation of three new divisions under ECoR.

These proposed divisions are, Rourkela or Jharsuguda division (comprising Jareikela-Rourkela-Jharsuguda-Belpahar, Rourkela-Bandhamunda-Barsuan and Rourkela-Nuagan sections), the Jajpur-Keonjhar division (comprising Jaleswar-Baleswar-Bhadrak-Jakhapura, Jakhapura-Bansapani-Padapahara-Gua-Barbil and Rupsa-Bangiriposi sections) and Rayagada division (comprising  Nuapada-Gunupur including the proposed Therubali-Rayagada route, Rayagada-Titlagarh-Khariar Road, Koraput-Jeypore-Jagdalpur, Lanjigarh-Junagarh including the proposed rail route in Koraput, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts).

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  1. Odisha CM talking about injustice is so funny. These people started regional descrimination in the east coast of India by deliberately depriving Visakapatnam and North Andhra their due share of development. ECoR has taken away all the privileges of Vizag and also humiliated us by not giving a halt for many new trains, in fact a majority of new long distance trains dont stop in a city which is having a population of 20 lakhs and numerous Central govt organizations. This is ruining national integrity. Now if Waltair division is moving out of ECoR, you find it injustice. Are you a really a statesman Mr.Patnaik ? If CMs of the states in India cannot unite people, how would anybody expect people in this country to be united ?

  2. This is really funny that he is talking now. He should have spoken when ECoR officers were so biased against VSKP. The officers tell blatant lies that the decision is taken by Railway Board and Rlwy board says the decision has been taken on advice of ECoR.

    Anyway, now they will understand the value of Waltair division. I would love to see ECoR cash strapped and starving for funds.

  3. Really you three sounds more like idiots than statesman. The revenue of the Waltair division comes from Southern Odisha and the Korapui-Kirandul section (movement of minerals). Odisha won’t mind if Waltair goes out of East Coast as long as Southern Odisha and Kirandul stays within East Coast. Then take your Waltair division and do whatever you want to do with it.

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