Balichandrapur: Villagers of Mouza Palai under Balichandrapur police station in Jajpur district have demanded the change of name of new railway station.
The authorities have named the new station at Palai village as Lalitgiri than Palai-Olasuni as demanded by the villagers of the region.
They have urged the District Collector of Jajpur and Railway Division Manager, East Coast Railways, Khurda, to consider their request and change the name of the station to Palai-Olasuni from Latlitgiri.
The villagers said that the 82.5 km long Haridaspur-Paradip railway project which is going to be completed will be the lifeline of the region. The people of the region said that they have handed over valuable land for construction of the railway project.
A number of social activists and intellectuals said the authorities have named the station as Lalitgiri which comes under the jurisdiction of Mahanga block in Cuttack district.
The people of eight grampanchayats of Badachana block headed by Jajpur MP Sarmistha Sethi and Badachana MLA Amar Prasad Satpathy have demanded before Jajpur Collector Ranjan Kumar Das that the name of the station be changed to Palai-Olasuni immediately. They said this has hurt the feelings of the locals as they have contributed their fertile agriculture land for the construction of railway lines and station.
The leaders said over 200 villagers have handed over their fertile land for the railway project. Educationist Surendra Nath Bhuiyan, Olasuni Caves Development chairman Sarat Chandra Pradhan, vice chairman Damodar Swain, retired principal Rabindranath Samal, member of district cultural council Suvendu Kumar Bhuiyan, Gandhi 150 State Committee Member Journalist Birupakshya Tripathy, Zilla Parishad Member Bipin Bihari Jena and Sarpanches of Palai and other gram panchayats have said that the railways have overlooked the importance of the region.
They said the world-famous Buddhist site Udaigiri is located six km away from Palai village. The RajBahahur Marg, that connects the three Buddhavihars, Ratnagiri-Udaigiri-Lalitgiri, passes through the village. This road was built during British Raj.
The railways have grossly underestimated the importance of the region and named the new station as Ratnagiri which comes under the jurisdiction of a different district.