Jharsuguda: Members of Anchalik Vikas Parishad and with support of all political parties BJP, Cong, BJD together resorted to ‘rail roko andolan’ at Chowkipara railway crossing in Jharsuguda on Tuesday Morning in demand for construction of a rail over bridge over Chowkipara railway level crossing.
The agitators had sat on the tracks at the Chowkipara level crossing since morning blocking Jharsuguda – Sambalpur and Howarh – Mumbai Railway route completely, due to which several trains delayed for nearly three hours.
“Around 107 trains cross these railway lines daily due to which the commuters have to stand for an hour to cross this railway crossing. Not only has this even schooled going children’s often get late in their schools due to long waiting hours at the crossing. Even patients have to wait for hours to cross the same we have been demanding this rail over bridge or under pass for years but rail authorities only gives false promises and are not fulfilled. If in future the bridge is not constructed then a bigger agitation will take place.” threatened Anchalik Vikas Parishad’s President Manmohan Pandit
In this protest, even other political party leaders had also joined and voiced the demands.
“We are supporting the genuine demand of people for construction of an ROB at this Chowkipara level crossing, but unfortunate the rail authorities have been neglecting for several years in Jharsuguda, and if the rail authorities won’t full fill this demand that congress would take a strong action” said Jharsuguda Congress MLA Naba Kishore Das
“In Jharsuguda Dist. there are 24 wards, 12 wards in one side and 12 in other side. At one side there Business center, Dist. Hospital, Bazaar etc and on other is residential, the demand is very genuine; people have been demanding this for years. It should be fulfilled.” said Brajrajnagar BJP MLA Radharani Panda.
“This demand is one of the long awaited demand and why it has not been fulfilled till now it’s unfortunate, its rail authorities. We would speak to the DRM Chakradharpur and ask to visit the spot and find out solution immediately so that public doesn’t get trouble.” said Bargarh BJD MP Prabash Kumar Singh
It was after the assurance given by the Railway Authorities, that a meeting will be held on Saturday in presence of DRM, Chakradharpur, the agitators had called of their strike and trains resumed their movement soon after.