BJD protests Waltair spilt

Odisha Politics

Bhubaneswar: The BJD on Saturday staged a demonstration in front of the East Coast Railway (ECoR) headquarters here protesting the NDA Government at the Centre over its decision to take away Waltair division from ECoR to create a new zone for Andhra Pradesh.

The regional party accused the BJP of hatching a conspiracy to destroy the railways in Odisha.

The protestors led by BJD general secretary and MLA Sanjay Kumar Dasburma raised slogans against the Central Government and alleged that creating South Coast Railway (SCoR) with its headquarters at Vishakapatnam was taken by the Centre to woo the people of Andhra Pradesh ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

On February 27, the Indian Railways announced its decision to create South Coast Railway comprising the existing Guntakal, Guntur and Vijayawada divisions.

As per the decision, the Waltair division, which was under the jurisdiction of ECoR now, will be divided into two parts. While one part of the Waltair division will be incorporated in the new zone under Vijayawada division, the other part will be converted into a new division with its headquarters at Rayagada under the ECoR.

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