National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) general secretary M. Raghavaiah on Saturday said Waltair railway division, which contributes a lot of revenue from passenger traffic and freight to the railways, should be made a separate zone.

“It has huge potential. Now it has 63,426 km. by 2020, it is likely to grow by 27,000 km. Hence, the Railway Board has to consider the demand to make it a zonal headquarters,” Mr. Raghavaiah told reporters here on the sidelines of the all-India working committee meeting of INTUC.

He said that the Railway Board would be forced to declare Waltair division as a zonal headquarters by 2015-16. “When the tracks under its control go up, the authorities have to create more divisions for operational efficiency,” he said.

He said 2.10 lakh posts, of which one lakh in safety category, were lying vacant for past several years.