Bhubaneswar: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) at the moment threw an open problem to the Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) to come back ahead for a debate over the injustice performed to Odisha within the Railway finances for 2021-22.
Describing the allocation made within the 2021-22 finances for railways in Odisha as ‘disappointing’, the regional get together stated that it seems to it as an intentional try to take advantage of.
Addressing a press convention right here at the moment, in a full-throttle assault on BJP MPs and their get together’s authorities on the Centre, BJD spokesperson Lenin Mohanty got here out with a truth sheet to focus on the step-motherly angle meted out to Odisha within the sphere of railways.
Mohanty alleged that solely six new railway strains have been sanctioned for Odisha since independence–Cuttack-Paradeep (83km), Talcher-Sambalpur(174km), Khordha-Rayagada-164km, Daitari-Banspani(155km), Lanjigarh-Junagarh(56km), and Khordha-Bolangir (of which solely 30% has been accomplished up to now).
He additional alleged that through the colonial period, the Britishers used the railway strains for looting minerals and it’s a matter of remorse that the identical is being practiced by the Central authorities of at the moment even after 75 years of independence.
The BJD spokesperson identified that regardless of 75 years have elapsed since India’s independence six districts of Odisha specifically Kandhamal, Boudh, Mayurbhanj, Kendrapada, Deogarh, and Malkangiri are but to be linked by rail.
He stated that the railways earn Rs 20,000 crore yearly as income from Odisha and on common have earned a income of Rs 140,000 crore within the final seven years. However within the final seven years Odisha has obtained an allocation of Rs 14,000 crore within the final seven years, he alleged.
Isn’t this step-motherly angle in the direction of Odisha? Mohanty queried.
The BJD spokesperson identified the obvious disparity in railway density within the State as in comparison with neighbouring States of Bengal and Bihar.
He stated whereas Bengal and Bihar have a railway density of 42 and 35 km density per 1000 Sqkm Odisha has a railway density of 15 km per 1000 km.
“If they’ve the braveness we count on a reply on this from the BJP’s State and Central management,” Mohanty stated.
He identified that within the final seven years just one district has received railway connectivity and if this the progress then it is going to take 42 years for all of the six unnoticed districts of the State to get railway connectivity.
He challenged the BJP’s high management to come back for a debate on this topic.
Mohanty additional identified that solely 90 km of the 290 km Khordha-Bolangir railway has been accomplished within the final 25 years which as per the Chief Minister’s comment is a ‘historic sluggish effort’. With this tempo it could take one other 10 years to finish, he added.
Once more solely 20 km of the 155 km Talcher-Bimlagarh railway line has been accomplished because the determination to undertake the challenge in 2003, Mohanty said.
Whereas mentioning that it prices round Rs 20 crore to put one km of railway line, Mohanty stated that the Centre has made an allocation of Rs 10 crore which suggests solely half a km of railway line might be accomplished and at this tempo, it could take 200 years to get accomplished. This railway line when accomplished will hyperlink the districts of Dhenkanal, Angul, and Deogarh districts, he added.
“Is that this not step-motherly angle?” the BJD spokesperson questioned.