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Railway zone bifurcation

The proposal and subsequent arbitrary decision to create new railway zones has resulted in a political tussle. A number of eminent retired Railway Board members and railway federations have given their expert and frank views that the new zones will only be a burden on the exchequer, as the new posts and infrastructure are to be created without any increase in revenue.

Small zones, with three or four divisions under each of them, will not necessarily mean more efficient management. What is motivating Mr Nitish Kumar and his group is the expectation that bifurcation of the Eastern Railway will help improve the electoral prospects of the party in Bihar and, hence, even his most bitter political rivals are supporting him.

This is how the country's economy and common citizens suffer, and it is no wonder that there will be an increase in freight and passenger charges in the next Budget.

B. S. Ganesh

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