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Odisha: CM Naveen reiterates demand for Rourkela Rail Division, pressure on BJP


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Published: Monday, November 21, 2022, 14:25 [IST]

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Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s push for a new railway division at Rourkela has not only strengthened the long-standing demand of the steel city, but also increased the pressure on the BJP ahead of the 2024 general elections. On Saturday, CM Naveen once again wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding the creation of a new railway division at Rourkela under the East Coast Railway (ECoR), which would include the Jharsuguda-Barsuan-Kiriburu, Rourkela-Nuagaon and Rourkela-Nuagaon routes of the South Eastern Railway. Hemgir-Jharsuguda section is included.

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As part of his demand for integration of the railway network in Odisha, CM Naveen also demanded a railway division on the Jajpur-Keonjhar road and the inclusion of the remaining areas in the upcoming Raigad division. Earlier in March 2019 too, Naveen had made a similar demand.

With the move, Naveen has found an unlikely supporter in his bitter critic Jual Oram, BJP’s current Sundergarh MP and chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on defence. Jual, who has been demanding a new railway division in Rourkela for the last 15 years, including his tenure as Union minister, said, “I have been pressing for this demand for a long time and I support the CM on this.”

With this demand, sources said, the BJD has mounted pressure on the BJP in western Odisha, where the party is divided over creating a new railway division in Rourkela. Despite being known as an old demand of Jewel, Bargarh MP and BJP national secretary Suresh Pujari had demanded the formation of a new railway division in Jharsuguda in November last year. Incidentally, the Ministry of Railways is not keen on the idea of ​​a new division at Rourkela along with the bifurcation of the lucrative Chakradharpur division (in Jharkhand) of the SER.

Out of total 742 km route length of Chakradharpur division, 406 km passes through Sundergarh, Jharsuguda and Keonjhar districts and parts of Mayurbhanj. Around 60-65 per cent of Chakradharpur division’s freight revenue comes from Odisha districts, with Sundergarh topping the list. Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav, during his visit to Jharsuguda in November last year, was silent on the demand for a division at Rourkela.

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On July 10 this year, Railway Board Chairman VK Tripathi refrained from giving a direct reply on the matter but said that the board would examine the demand. He said that it is a misconception that bifurcated status will enhance the importance and development of Rourkela region.

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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik reiterates rail division demand at Rourkela BJP on Pressure

Story first published: Monday, November 21, 2022, 14:25 [IST]

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