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Odisha Chief Minister demand creation of Three more Divisions to unify Odisha under East Coast Railway

Bhubaneswar:17/2/18;Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik wrote to Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal demanding creation of three more divisions to unify Odisha under East Coast Railway, a Bhubaneswar, before considering creation of any other new zone. Proposal for creation of new divisions is pending with Railways for years.

He opposed even the consideration of such an one-sided demand for setting up new Railway zone for Andhra Pradesh by taking out Waltair Railway Division from East Coast Railways.

Highlights from his letter to the Union Minister:
• Odisha makes a major contribution to revenues of Indian Railways being a major industrial hub and having an abundance of mineral wealth
• Made functional in 2003, ECoR at Bhubaneswar has become the premier freight loading railway in the country and boasts of one of the lowest operating costs amongst all the zonal railways
• State Government has been drawing attention of Rail Ministry to consider expanding jurisdiction of ECoR to cover all parts of Odisha under one zone to enhance benefits of integration and unhindered mobility within the growth intensive state
• The three new Railways Divisions under EcOR as suggested by State Govt:
o At Rourkela with jurisdiction covering Jharsuguda-Barsuan-Kiriburu, Rourkela-Nuagaon- and Jharsuguda-Himgiri sections
o Extending ECoR jurisdiction up to Bansapani-Padapahar, Rupsa-Bangiriposi & Bhadrak-Laxmannath road sections & new Railway Division at Jajpur/Jajpur-Keonjhar Road
o New Railway Division at Rayagada comprising of lines: Nuapada-Gunupur with proposed extension to Theruvali/Rayagada, Rayagada-Titlagarh, Koraput-Rayagada, Koraput-Jeypore-Jagdalpur-Kirandul, Lanjigarh Road-Junagarh and proposed lines in Malkangiri, Koraput and Nabarangpur districts

Chief Minister Shri Patnaik mentioned that the Ministry had constituted a Committee that concluded that creation of artificial zonal barriers in Odisha was impeding growth of Railways and therefore has rejected the demand of dividing ECoR. He reiterated state’s demand for creating 3 more divisions to unify Odisha under one zone of ECoR for the benefit of Railways as well as for the State.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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