Kerala Protests Centre's Move to Shut Down Palakkad Railway Division

Kerala's government opposes the Centre's reported decision to shut down the Palakkad Railway Division, citing neglect and vindictiveness. The state's Railway Minister has sent a letter to the Centre requesting withdrawal of the decision, highlighting the division's importance to Kerala's economy.

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Bijay Laxmi
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Kerala Protests Centre's Move to Shut Down Palakkad Railway Division

Kerala Protests Centre's Move to Shut Down Palakkad Railway Division

The Kerala government has strongly opposed the Centre's reported decision to shut down the Palakkad Railway Division, alleging neglect and a vindictive approach towards the state. State Railway Minister V Abdurahiman sent a letter to his counterpart at the Centre requesting the withdrawal of the decision, arguing that the move to close the division without pointing out any particular lapse is a covert action against Kerala.

Why this matters: The closure of the Palakkad Railway Division would have significant economic and social implications for Kerala, affecting thousands of people dependent on the railway sector. This move also raises concerns about the Centre's treatment of Kerala and its willingness to prioritize the state's interests in national development projects.

The Palakkad Railway Division is a crucial railway hub in Kerala, handling a large volume of passenger and freight traffic. It is one of the busiest divisions in the state, generating significant revenue for Indian Railways and contributing to Kerala's economy. Minister Abdurahiman emphasized that the Palakkad Division is far ahead in terms of the number of passengers and revenue compared to other divisions.

The Kerala government has accused the Centre of neglecting the state's interests and adopting a vindictive approach. "Another example of the Centre's continuing neglect and vindictive approach towards Kerala is the move to close down the Palakkad Railway Division," stated Minister Abdurahiman. He further added, "Kerala continues to be grossly neglected in terms of railway development. Amidst this, the existing systems are also being phased out."

The Palakkad Division has faced challenges in the past. It was bifurcated to create the Salem Division during the previous UPA government's reign. Since then, there has been a deliberate move to weaken the Palakkad Division, according to the state government. The Centre had previously attempted to make the Palakkad Division a part of the Mangaluru Division but withdrew the move following strong protests from Kerala.

The potential closure of the Palakkad Railway Division has significant economic and social implications for Kerala. It would lead to job losses and disrupt the livelihoods of thousands of people in the region who depend on the railway sector. The state government has demanded that the Centre reconsider its decision and ensure the continued operation of this vital division.

Minister Abdurahiman has urged the central government to address Kerala's neglect in terms of railway development, particularly in the doubling of tracks and allocation of new trains. He has called upon the people to raise a strong protest against the Centre's reported move to close down the Palakkad Division. As the state and its residents await further developments, the fate of this crucial railway hub hangs in the balance.

Key Takeaways

  • Kerala govt opposes Centre's reported decision to shut down Palakkad Railway Division.
  • Closure would have significant economic and social implications for Kerala, affecting thousands.
  • Palakkad Division is a crucial railway hub, handling large passenger and freight traffic.
  • Kerala accuses Centre of neglect and vindictive approach towards the state.
  • State govt demands Centre reconsider decision and ensure continued operation of division.