The DPR was issued by the East Coast Railway Division Approval in the budget for the southern coastal zone The Odisha government is silent on the deadly conspiracy
Rayagada: Andhra love of the railway department. The Rayagada Railway Division has been the victim of a deadly conspiracy. East Coast Railway has filed a DPR (detailed project report) for the new Rayagada division. But in the budget, the division has been approved under the Andhra Pradesh Coastal Railway Zone. As a result, it has become clear that the Rayagada division has been excluded from the East Coast Railway. The Andhra Pradesh government’s silence on such a deadly conspiracy has raised fears that the development of rail infrastructure in southern Odisha could be hampered.
On July 14, 2016, the Ministry of Railways announced the formation of a new railway division in Rayagada. The government made the decision in view of the development of southwestern Odisha, the connection of railways to the backward areas, and economic growth. The East Coast Railway had filed a Rs 140 crore DPR in the 2020-21 railway budget to implement the new division. To date, however, the division has received only Rs 3.7 crore. Andhra Pradesh has been opposed to the Rayagada Railway Division since its inception, and the division has not been able to rise from the ground two and a half years after the announcement. The Koraput-Rayagada, Koraput-Bailadila-Kirandul-Bacheli railway lines have been providing annual lion revenue to the Voltaire Division of the East Coast Railway in Vishakhapatnam. The Orissa-Chhattisgarh region is rich in bauxite and rich in minerals and is rich in industry. More than a hundred freight trains ply daily to Vishakhapatnam via the Koraput-Rayagada, Koraput-Vishakhapatnam route.
On the other hand, 400 trucks and tippers have been deployed to relocate goods from the Vishakhapatnam railway dumping yard to the port. Andhra Pradesh contractors have taken over many lucrative jobs from the loading and unloading sector to the railway sector. Earlier, the railway was under the control of the Voltaire Division. Following the announcement of the new Rayagada division, the railway came under the Rayagada division. Following the implementation of the Rayagada Division, the Rayagada-Gopalpur Industrial Corridor has been accelerated and plans are being made to transport goods directly from Gopalpur port to other countries and states instead of Vishakhapatnam. As a result, Andhra Pradesh loses hundreds of crores of rupees in rail and road transport every year.
With this in mind, the Andhra Pradesh Railways is having an impact. As a result, in the 2020-21 Railway Budget, the Railway Board has created a new South Coast Railway Division Zone, separating the Vishakhapatnam Voltaire Division from the East Coast Railway. The budget for the installation of the South Coast Railway Division headquarters in Vishakhapatnam has been approved, while the new Rayagada Railway Division will be under it. With the implementation of the new Rayagada division, the 595 km railway line will be shifted to Rayagada from the Waltair division along with six stations in Odisha-Andhra-Chhattisgarh. Another 373 km of railways will be merged into the Rayagada division in the coming days. The Jaipur-Nabarangpur, Jaipur-Malkangiri railway lines are currently under construction under the Rayagada division. Similarly, the proposed and surveyed Malkangiri-Dantewada, Therubali-Gunapur, Rayagada-Gopalpur, Gunapur-Gumuda (Parbatipur), Kantabanji-Rajkhariar-Ampani, Nabarangpur-Jaipur, Junagadh-Jaipur, Malkangiri-Bhadranchalam, Nuaparadikalam, Jupanagaram There is. Andhra Pradesh is said to have conspired to do so, as the development of the industrial corridors will help in revenue collection. The conspiracy has come to light from information seized by RTI activist Hemant Panda under the Right to Information Act.
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