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ECoR 'Bifurcation': BJD Opposes Minister Of State For Railways Manoj Sinha's Odisha Visit


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04 March 2019

OMMCOM NEWS


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Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leaders and workers opposed Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha's Odisha visit. They shouted slogans protesting bifurcation of Waltair division of ECoR, ahead of Sinha's programme at Railway auditorium.

It is notable to mention here that BJD's General Secretary Sanjay Dasburma had said on Saturday that the new establishment of South Coast Railway (SCoR) would be carved out from the East Coast Railway (ECoR) and that would ruin the Railway network in the state due to the transfer of major assets there. Meanwhile, Manoj Sinha has said that not a inch of railway lines in Odisha has been given to any other division.

BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra said, "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)."

BJD has alleged that ECoR will lose loco sheds and wagon maintenance facilities, which would go to SCoR zone under Visakhapatnam after the bifurcation. According to reports, the formation of SCoR will lead to The Waltair division (currently with ECoR) to be split into two parts. One part to be incorporated in the new zone and merged with the neighbouring Vijaywada division, while the remaining portion will be converted into a new division with headquarters at Rayagada under the ECoR.

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Sasmit Patra, Spokesperson, BJD

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Sanjay Das Barma, General Secretary, BJD