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PRASANNA MISHRA
TRAIN TO BARBIL -By Dr. PRASANNA MISHRA
BlogPosted By: hindtodaynews on:1/21/2008 7:22:03 AM



Dr. Prasanna Mishra

                                                                     

                                Taking into consideration the intensity of the ongoing trading activity, I tend to view Barbil as the Surat of Orissa. The comparison, however, stops there. After the unfortunate outbreak of plague in the prosperous Gujarat city some years ago, the collective conscience of the civil society looked at the city with greater attention and there was spectacular improvement of the civic amenities which now are in step with the economic prosperity of the city. That is a city where wealth is being created day in and day out, on a magnitude that is mind boggling. The city has excellent connectivity by road, rail and air. Barbil can hardly be called a modern town. It is a hybrid of slum and splendor, a small centre of urban chaos. It has connectivity of primitive quality. Travel to Barbil from even the district headquarters town of Keonjhar is a nightmare. One simply cannot predict the journey-time. How long it will take to connect Keonjhar with Barbil with a motorable road of any quality is a million dollar question. In the present article, however, I am highlighting a few issues on rail connectivity.

 
                                From Bondomunda near
Rourkela, a rail line takes off from the Kolkata-Mumbai trunk line towards south which passes by Lathikata, Champajharan, Chandiposh, Bimalagarh and goes up to Barsuan. At Bimalagarh another line takes off towards north east up to Kiriburu. These lines pass through picturesque terrain and primarily cater to the iron ore movement. Another rail line takes off RajKharsuan on this trunk route and goes in south westerly direction up to Barajamda from where one line moves a short distance south up to Bolanikhadan via Barbil and the other goes a short distance towards north-west up to Gua. On the Rajkharsuan- Barajamda line, a short distance to the east of Barajamda, another line takes off at Padapahad. This line moves south up to Banspani passing through Deojhar and MurgaMahadev.  There is a small gap between Barbil and Kiriburu. This gap perhaps cannot be connected due to difficult terrain; but Barbil could be connected to a convenient point around Bimalagarh or Rakshi. For this the existing road alignment between Barbil and Lahunipara via Kalta and Rakshi could perhaps be followed. This could provide a very short link from Barbil to Rourkela. Now that the Jakhapura-Banspani link is soon getting ready for passenger traffic, this missing link assumes a lot of importance. Once this link is established, Rourkela would be much closer by rail to places like Bhubanswar, Jajpur Road, Keonjhar and Barbil. It is my earnest desire that this link should be sanctioned in the coming rail-budget.

 
                              For my NRO friends living abroad, let me now mention about the accessibility of Barbil from, say,
Bhubaneswar. One has to go to Jamshedpur by a Delhi bound train like Purushottam Express and then board the Satabdi Express running between Jamshedpur and Barbil. Certainly this is not an ideal arrangement to go to a commercial centre of Orissa from the state headquarters. Therefore I am pleading for a TRAIN TO BARBIL at a time when “Resurgent India” is getting ready to launch the CHANDRAYAAN.

 
                            We have instances where rail-lines completed have not been opened to passenger traffic for years. The line providing link from
Vishakhapatnam to Jagdalpur and Bailadila via Koraput was opened to passenger traffic after many years of completion. Even the Rayagada-Koraput link was not opened to passenger traffic for some time due to technical reasons. Paradip-Cuttack line had passenger service many years after its completion. We should therefore continue pressing for passenger traffic on the route I have described above.

 
                     Now a short note on the present passenger train service between Paradip and
Bhubaneswar. Paradip railway station is a place to be seen. There is hardly a platform. An old person or a person not in a fit state of health cannot climb into the coach from the ground. East Coast Railway may have a kindly look at the present state of the railway station in the port city of Paradip. We deserve fast commuter service between Paradip and Bhubaneswar and Paradip deserves a model station.

 
                     While writing on the railways let me not forget to express my anguish over the helpless condition of the old and the infirm who use the Indian Rail. It is good that the senior citizens enjoy concession in fare; but the Railways have to think of a more humane way for them to board the train. How do they negotiate an overcrowded over bridge at the nick of time when a train scheduled for one platform is suddenly admitted to another involving access through an over bridge? Railway authorities may urgently consider providing lift (on payment) facilities on major stations of the country so that the old and infirm can board the trains with ease and dignity.


(The writer is a former secretary to Govt. of India)


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