Bhubaneswar,Aug 8 (UNI) The East Coast Railways(ECoR) has expressed serious concern over the frequent rail roko agitations in Orissa affecting the movement of both passenger and goods trains.
ECoR sources said since January 20 major agitations had taken place in Orissa. He called for an urgent need to resolve such incidences and action by the law and order agencies.
There was complete rail traffic blockade at Khallikote station (between Khurda Road and Brahmapur)on July 20 when movement of all Mail/Express and freight trains was stopped for more than six hours over the demand of stoppage of Mail/Express trains at Khalikote.
The agitation at Kaluparaghat station yesterday lasted for about 8 hours. The agitators demanded stoppage of some Mail/Express trains.
Over 10 express trains were detained for more than 8 hours each while 15 goods trains carrying coal and minerals for power plants stranded at various stations.Thousand of passengers suffered.
ECoR sources said the main victims of such hapless situations were senior citizens, serious patients going for medical treatment and students appearing for entrance examinations and interviews.
Such rail rokos had caused huge loss of revenue as trains carrying coal and other minerals are held up affecting the supply of raw materials to power plants which are already at a critical juncture due to short supply of coal.
Each engine of a train detained for an hour costs the nation more than Rs 8000, excluding the social and manpower costs involved, the ECoR sources said.
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