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BJD Stages Dharna Against Bifurcation Of East Coast Railway

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02 March 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

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Bhubaneswar: Opposing the establishment of South Coast Railway (SCoR), carved out from the East Coast Railway (ECoR), the Biju Janata Dal on Saturday launched a protest against the bifurcation of ECoR.

More than three thousand workers of the ruling BJD staged a dharna against the Centre for having engineered the split, against Odisha's interests.

BJD General Secretary, Sanjay Dasburma said that the division of ECoR would ruin the Railway network in the state as the creation of a South Coast Railway (SCoR), headquartered at Visakhapatnam, will lead to the transfer of major assets there.

"Northern and western Odisha have been providing iron ore and other minerals and generate huge revenue. However, both these areas are under the Bilaspur Zone of the South Central Railway (SCR) and the Chakradharpur Zone of the South Eastern Railway (SER)," Dasburma said.

The BJD alleged that ECoR will lose loco sheds and wagon maintenance facilities, which would go to SCoR zone under Visakhapatnam after the bifurcation. Shouting slogans against the Central Government the BJD demanded to repeal the order.

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Sanjay Dasburma, General Secretary, Biju Janata Dal