Jharsuguda: The railway route between Howarh – Mumbai was disrupted for over seven hours on Tuesday as the local residents of Brajrajnagar had staged a “Rail Roko” in demand for various development of the Brajrajnagar Railway Station on Tuesday Morning.
Many trains were lying stranded on various stations and several passengers were affected due to this agitation. Train No. 58117 Jharsuguda – Gondia passenger was cancelled. However, Howarh – Ahmadabad Express (12834) was lying stranded at Jharsuguda Railway Station Since morning.
“Our Demand is not new, we have been demanding these genuine basic demand since many years, No goods train stoppage at Platform No. 1 due to which passenger are been harassed , Stoppage of Howarh Azad Hind Pune Express and Bhubaneswar- Hatia LTT Express at Brajrajnagar and Drinking water facilities are some of main demands.” Said Brajrajnagar MLA Smt. Radha Rani Panda
Similarly, Even BJD’s Anup Sai , Chairman of Lift Irrigation Corporation was also seen with the agitators and said that “Brajrajnagar had been demanding these demands through letter but the rail authority have not been listening to these genuine demand so today the locals had restored to this Rail Roko and will continue the agitation the demands are met.”
“We had a meeting the agitators and the officials, basic demands of the agitators are genuine. The rail officers present in the discussion said that they will complete these demands within 3 to 4 months and regarding stoppage of super fast trains, for that only railway board will take action the concern rail authority will give the proposal to the board for consideration. We have deployed adequate police force, RPF and General Police we are trying to lift the agitation by means of dialogue.” Said Jharsuguda Sub Collector Barendra Nath Dhala.