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News Entry# 287109
Nov 29 2016 (12:13)  Agitation planned for train track connecting Rotegaon to Kopargaon at Jantar Mantar (
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Nov 29 2016 (12:13PM)
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Nov 29 2016 (12:13PM)
Station Tag: Kopargaon/KPG added by Dewang Bankar/1411696
Aurangabad: Agitation for the long pending demand of Rotegaon to Kopargaon rail track appears to have gathered pace as the Marathwada Railway Vikas Samiti has decided to observe Dharana andolan at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on December 7, 8 and 9.
A group of social activists including Om Prakash Verma president of the committee, Tara Laddha - freedom fighter, Shantanu Doyefode secretary of Nanded Railway Sangharsha Samiti, Umakant Joshi member of Nanded Railway Sangharsha Samiti and Sanju Rathod, Laxaman Chidrawar and Kiran Chidrawar are likely to be part of the agitation.
Although Om
Prakash Verma said that he has been approaching concerned authorities and if they assure to take necessary steps for the development of the track, the agitation will not happen as planned. "We have set November 25 as the deadline for the discussion," he added.
The demand for the new line is also being raised as lakhs of devotees are expected to visit Shirdi in the next two years for the Saibaba Samadhi centenary celebration scheduled in 2018.
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Verma said that the rail route connecting Rotegaon to Kopargaon would give respite to the thousands of devotees visiting Shirdi.
The committee had also written a letter to Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis appealing him to support the cause. "But there was no satisfactory reply from the state government who simply referred the issue to the railways," Verma said.
Recently, the railways had announced that it would soon carry out a survey of a route between Rotegoan and Puntamba instead of the Rotegoan and Kopargaon route. However, Verma said that a similar survey was conducted in 2000, which had revealed that the Rotegoan -Puntamba route would be very expensive as the authorities will have to construct a bridge on Godavari river.
The stretch between Rotegoan and Kopargaon is only 35 km and it that would bypass Manmad station. Trains passing through Aurangabad can directly reach Shirdi in a very short time. At present the trains take a long route that goes through Manmad, which is a busy station.
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