Berhampur, August 12 (LocalWire): An action committee of lawyers of five districts of south and western Odisha, spearheaded an agitation demanding the construction of a 240-km-long railway line from Berhampur to Sambalpur.
They met the MPs of Berhampur and Kandhamal on Sunday to urge the Centre to implement the project.
Last month, the lawyers of ten bar associations of Ganjam, Kandhamal, Boudh, Bargarh and Sambalpur districts formed an action committee to spearhead their agitation for the new railway line.
The delegation of Bhanjanagar Bar Association and members of the action commitee met Chandra Sekhar Sahu, MP (Berhampur) and Achyut Samanta, MP (Kandhamal) at Berhampur and Phulbani respectively.
Both the MPs assured them that they will urge the Union government on the matter.
‘We thanked Sahu as he raised the issue in the Lok Sabha during the discussion of railway budget.
We have also urged him to put pressure on the Ministry of Railway for the new railway line,’ said Abhimanyu Gouda, president Bhanjanagar Bar
MP (Sambalpur) Suresh Pujari has also stressed on the new railway line
which would directly connect the southern and western districts.
He also raised the issue in Lok Sabha.
‘The new line will pass through Kandhamal, the tribal dominated district, which has no railway line at present,’ said Somanath Nayak, a senior advocate.
According to the lawyers, the Centre had permitted East Coast Railway (ECoR) to conduct a survey for laying the railway line in 2010-11.
Though ECoR had submitted a 212-page survey report to the ministry of railways, the project is yet to be entered in the Pink Book of Railways, they said.
As per the survey, the 240 km long railway line, to be built at a cost of Rs 5,000 crores, will connect the four Parliamentary constituencies of Berhampur, Aska, Kandhamal and Sambalpur.
‘Since the Niti Aayog stressed on railway connection in backward districts across the country, it is high time, the Ministry of Railway should need to take
the project as early as possible,’ said Gouda.