Berhampur: Ahead of the railway budget, senior BJP leader and former deputy speaker Rama Chandra Panda has demanded a railway division office in Berhampur and direct trains from Silk City to New Delhi, Mumbai and western Odisha towns like Sambalapur and Rourkela.
He submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi recently.
Establishment of a division office in Berhampur will help expedite different railway projects in southern Odisha and introduction of long-distance direct trains from here, Panda said in the memorandum.Berhampur is now under the jurisdiction of Khorda Road division of East Coast Railway. He demanded construction of Gopalpur-Therubali via Rayagada railway line and Gopalpur-Redhakhol via Phulbani railway link. The projects will benefit Ganjam district, the senior BJP leader said.