Odisha Chief Minister proposes three new Railway divisions; names Rourkela and Rayagada
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his opposition to set up a new railway zone with headquarters in Andhra Pradesh.
It had been proposed that the new Railway zone headquarters would be carved out of existing Waltair Railway Division (Visakhapatnam) from the jurisdiction of East Coast Railway (ECoR).
CM Patnaik demanded that three new divisions be created to unify Odisha under one zone.
He said that the expansion of ECoR has become a necessity in the light of recent industrial projects coming up in Odisha.
The new facility would further improve coordination and facilitate bulk consumers.
Odisha Chief Minister also wrote a letter in this regard to the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and demanded that three new divisions should be created at Rourkela, Jajpur/Jajpur-Keonjhar Road and Rayagada.
Naveen Patnaik proposed that new division at Rourkela under ECR should be established with jurisdiction covering Jharsuguda-Barsuan-Kiriburu (SER), Rourkela-Nuagaon (SER) and Jharsuguda-Himgiri (SECR) sections.
Similarly, a new railway division should be established at Rayagada under the jurisdiction of ECoR.>