NEW DELHI, May 6 – The bid to bifurcate the profit-making Bongaigaon section from Rangiya Division to Alipurduar Division has snowballed into a major controversy, with the MPs belonging to the North-east, today petitioning the Railway Minister, Lalu Prasad, opposing the move. Agitated MPs under the banner of the North East MPs Forum met the Railway Minister and submitted a letter, urging him to stop the move. The move may jeopardise the health of the existing Division within the Region, they argued.
The delegation included PCC president and Rajya Sabha MP, Bhubaneswar Kalita, former Union Minister, Biren Baishya, Kirip Chaliha, Dr Arun Kumar Sarma, Biswajit Daimary, Silvius Condpan. Interestingly, president of Indian Olympic Association, Suresh Kalmadi was present, when the MPs submitted the memorandum at the Parliament House.
As the then Railway Minister, Kalmadi had laid the foundation stone of the Rangiya Division in 1995. Kalita, describing the move as sinister ploy to ruin the Rangiya Division, said that because of Bongaigaon section, Rangiya Division has been earning a profit of Rs 57 crore on an average. This perhaps is the only profit-making Division of the NF Railway. On the other hand, Alipurduar Division is in the red.
The move, said Daimary, is to bifurcate Saprakata Station in Bongaigaon district out of Rangiya Division and join it with Alipurduar Division.