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BJD to protest Waltair div split

Bhubaneswar: With the Lok Sabha and meeting elections at the horizon, the BJD has stepped up its attack at the NDA govt on the Centre over its decision to take away Waltair department from East Coast Railway (ECoR) to create a new zone for Andhra Pradesh.
Accusing the BJP of hatching a conspiracy to break the railways in Odisha, the BJD said it could stage a dharna in front of the ECoR headquarters here on Saturday.

“Creating South Coast Railway (SCoR) with its headquarters at Vishakapatnam was taken via the Centre preserving the elections in thoughts and to woo the folk of Andhra Pradesh. Major property and part of the Waltair department has been transferred to the brand new zone, which is yet another anti-Odisha attitude of the Centre,” BJD leader Sanjay Das Burma said.

The railways on February 27 introduced its decision to create South Coast Railway comprising the prevailing Guntakal, Guntur and Vijayawada divisions. According to plan, the Waltair department, which was underneath ECoR, will probably be divided into two portions. While one part of the Waltair department will probably be included within the new zone underneath Vijayawada department, the opposite section will probably be converted into a new department with its headquarters at Rayagada underneath ECoR.

State trade and delivery minister Nrusingha Sahu said Odisha would face major infrastructure loss because of the department of Waltair department although it gained’t have a significant have an effect on on income.

Maintenance of most diesel and electrical engines and almost all wagons are finished in Vishakapatnam, where the railways have been investing often over the last decade and half. The diesel shed positioned in Vishakapatnam is the biggest within the nation while there is no such diesel engine shed in Odisha.

“With these amenities taken away from ECoR, the railways in Odisha will probably be in an excessively precarious position as far as supply of engines and wagons are concerned. Now, ECoR will probably be extremely depending on other railways and will not be able to serve the will of the folk and industries of Odisha,” Sahu said.

While the BJD described the Centre’s transfer as anti-Odisha, the TDP claimed bifurcation of Waltair department will cause income loss for Andhra.

But the BJP said both the BJD and TDP protest towards the central transfer is politically motivated even supposing carving out a new zone is a win-win state of affairs for both Odisha and Andhra. “The Centre has totally safe the pursuits of Odisha while giving Andhra a new zone promised to it all over the UPA rule,” BJP state vice-president Sameer Mohanty said.

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