MLA launches dharna demanding rail wagon factory in Kalahandi

Demanding establishment of the proposed rail wagon factory in backward Kalahandi district, Congress MLA Gobardhan Dash launched a dharna in front of Mahatma Gandhi`s statue in the premises of the Orissa Assembly.

Bhubaneswar: Demanding establishment of
the proposed rail wagon factory in backward Kalahandi
district, Congress MLA Gobardhan Dash on Monday launched a dharna
in front of Mahatma Gandhi`s statue in the premises of the
Orissa Assembly.

Dash, a MLA from Junagarh segment in Kalahandi
district, raised the issue in the zero hour before walking out
of the assembly in protest.
Accusing the state government of "misleading" the
house by stating that no suitable land was found near railway
track in Kalahandi to house the proposed wagon factory, the
Congress first time MLA said, "I will launch a sit on dharna
near Gandhiji`s statue."

While the state government could arrange land for
Vedanta and other industries in Kalahandi, it was "sad" to say
that it failed to get required land for a rail wagon factory,
Dash told reporters at the dharna site.
The Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in 2010-11 budget
had announced to set up a rail wagon factory in KBK
(Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput) region. However, the project was
yet to come up because the state government failed to arrange
a land for the purpose, he alleged.

State transport and commerce minister Sanjeev Sahoo
while replying to a bugetary debate last month had informed
the house that the government identified Santipalli near
Berhampur town in Ganjam district, for setting up the proposed
rail wagon factory.

Alleging that the state government deprived Kalahandi
a rail wagon factory on political consideration as the ruling
BJD was rejected by the people in the last elections, Dash
said vast vacant fields were availble for the pupose.

Meanwhile, Railway minister Banerjee had assured
Orissa MP Bhakta Charan Das that the Railway ministry had no
hesitation to sanction another rail wagon factory for
Kalahandi if land was provided by the state government.

PTI