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Saturday, April 16, 2016
Prabhu may face heat over shifting of wagon workshop
Times of India, April 16, 2016 Hemanta Pradhan | TNN | Apr 16, 2016, 09.08 AM IST Bubaneswar: Political parties are planning to take up the issue of shifting of proposed wagon repair workshop from Narla in Kalahandi district to Andhra Pradesh with the minister for railways Suresh Prabhu, when he arrives in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.
The issue had created a hue and cry in the state assembly recently. Both BJD and Congress had opposed the move of the railways.
Prabhu is scheduled to meet chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday. Official sources said the chief minister is likely to take up the issue with the railways minister and ask him to reconsider the decision. He will also urge him to expedite the wagon factory project at Sitalapalli in Ganjam district, added the sources.
BJD spokesperson Pratap Keshari Deb said the party has expressed its view after the news regarding shifting of the project came out. "Patnaik had written to the railway minister a few days ago on the issue," said Deb.
Recently, Patnaik had told media that he will meet railway minister to discuss about the issue.
Leader of opposition Narasingha Mishra said the BJP-led central government has neglected the state and its decision to shift the project is an example.
He said the UPA government in 2010 had got recommendation from Sambalpur railway zone for establishment of a wagon factory at Kantabanji in Balangir district. Later in 2013, the same government had proposed a wagon repair workshop at Narla and a wagon factory at Ganjam. After coming to power the BJP-led government shifted the Narla project out of the state.
"Congress condemns the decision of railways to shift the project. We demand reconsider of the decision," Mishra added.
All India Congress Committee secretary Bhakta Das said he will meet the minister and take up the issue with him.
BJP state president Basanta Panda said the party has discussed the issue with Prabhu, and will take up the matter with him during his visit.