Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Odisha Govt announced merger of 26 villages with Berhampur at the time of formation of Municipal Corporation in 2008

Odisha Government announced the merger of 26 villages with Berhampur municipal body at the time of formation of the Municipal Corporation in 2008. 
Almost 8 years have passed and there is no movement on this promise to form Greater Berhampur that will add a population of 2.5 lakh to the city’s existing population making it the second biggest city in Odisha by 2021. 
It is unfortunate that this vast population who live in the city periphery still belong to the adjoining Panchyats as the municipal boundaries of Berhampur have not been redrawn in the last 3 decades. Adding salt to the injury, the government is preparing to hold panchayat elections in these villages Jan-Feb 2017 blocking their merger with Berhampur before the 2021 census. 
While there is growing demand for the merger of Chatrapur, Gopalpur and Hinjilicut along with 139 villages under BDA to form Greater Berhampur Municipal Corporation (GBMC) the Govt seems least bothered to ensure planned growth of the city. 
As an immediate measure, Panchayat elections proposed for Jan-Feb 2017 must be stopped in these Panchayats and the road for their early merger with Berhampur Municipal Corporation must be initiated.

Tejas chief designer Kota Harinarayana felicitated in his home city Berhampur

Kota Harinarayana, the programme director and chief designer of India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, was accorded a civic reception in his hometown Berhampur in Odisha on Sunday.
It was the first visit of Mr. Harinarayana to his home in Berhampur after Tejas got inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF). His childhood, schooling and college life was in Berhampur. The civic reception in his honour had been jointly organised by former students’ association of City High School of Berhampur, where Mr. Harinarayana had studied, civic organisation Forum for Ganjam and Rotary Club of Behampur. Mr. Harinarayana along with his wife K. Nirmala attended the function. Some teachers of Mr. Harinarayana like M. Jagannath Rao were present on the occasion apart from local MLA Ramesh Chandra Chyaupatnaik, chairperson of Berhampur Development Authority Subash Moharana sub-collector and other dignitaries of the city.
Addressing the gathering Mr. Harinarayana said Indians living anywhere in the country including Berhampur should discard inferiority complex from their minds as they can achieve anything with proper perseverance. According to him Tejas was an example of this.
He reiterated that indigenous Tejas was at par or better than aircrafts of its category produced in any developed country. “It would be able to replace old fighter aircrafts of the country like the MIG”, he added. He hoped that in future light passenger aircrafts would enhance communication link in India.
Mr. Harinarayana is also linked with hopes, aspirations and demands of his home town Berhampur. He informed that he is approaching all relevant authorities to upgrade the Rangeilunda airstrip near Berhampur to a full fledged airport.
He felt if this 1850 m long air strip is extended to at least 2250 m length then cargo planes would be able to land on it. It would be a great adage to the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) coming up near Gopalpur port in Ganjam district. He called upon people of south Odisha to come together to form an integrated developmental plan, in which both public and private authorities would be given equal and proper importance.-The Hindu, BERHAMPUR, August 22, 2016

Property of Parala Maharaja updates

Can the NHAI office reopen at Berhampur city?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

In memory of Prof. Prahallad Panda

South Odisha loses its most powerful voice and a worthy Son of the Soil with the passing away of Prof. Prahallad Panda on 02nd August, 2016 in Berhampur. Prof. Panda was an extraordinary academic, writer, author, columnist and a communicator par-excellence who single-handedly fought for backward Southern Odisha region. 
After completing Ph.D in Economics from the Berhampur University, Prof. Panda was into teaching for many years till he retired in 1998. Besides producing a number of meritorious students, he has written many books on economics and about 300 essays on culture and nationalism in Odia. 
Berhampur city was very close to his heart. He was the editor of Kalinga Barta and was also associated with many organizations of Berhampur and South Odisha. His demise has created a vacuum in South Odisha. 
Now it’s the duty of his family members, organizations and other supporters to carry on his relentless struggle for development of South Odisha and to keep his memories alive for future generations.

Ram Prasad Tripathy
New Delhi 

Can NHAI office return to Berhampur ?

Waste Management plant to come up in Berhampur

Catalonia at Gopalpur Port (Berhampur)

Monday, August 15, 2016

--Berhampur city in news during the Freedom struggle of India

Warm greetings to all proud Indians on the occasion of 70th Independence day of India

Berhampur city in news during the Freedom struggle of India
1921: March'30th & 31st- Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi visited Berhampur and addressed a gathering for Non-cooperation movement at the historic Barracks ground in the city.
1927: Mahatma Gandhi visited Berhampur for a 2nd time and other towns of Ganjam like Aska, Bhanjanagar, Kodala, Kabisuryanagar, Polasara, Khallikote and Rambha.
1930: Udagye mandir formed at Berhampur by freedom fighters under the supervision of Banchhanidhi Patnaik & Ramalingam Sarala Devi. Freedom fighters Sashi Bhusan Rath, Iswar Sahu, Harihara Patnaik, Banamali Maharara were arrested.
1930: Salt Non-Co-operation movement at Humma and Ganjam. Smt. Sarala Devi, Niranjan Patnaik, Debakar Patnaik, Radhakrishna Biswasray were arrested by British Govt.
1931: First round Table conference at Londan, Maharaja Krishna Chandra Gajapati of Parala represented.
1935: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose visited Berhampur during the freedom movement and addressed a massive gathering at the historic Barracks ground in the city
1935: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru visited Berhampur
1943: March'29th- The Tribal leader of South Odisha and Great Freedom fighter Saheed Laxman Nayak was hanged at Berhampur Circle Jail.
1946: January’20th - Gandhiji for the last time visited Berhampur and addressed people at historic Barracks ground.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Birth Anniversary of Bharat Ratna Shri V.V. Giri

The nation and his hometown Berhampur pay tributes to Bharat Ratna Shri V.V. Giri on his birth anniversary today.
Varahagiri Venkata Giri (10 August 1894 – 23 June 1980), known as V. V. Giri, was the fourth President of the Republic of India. Born in Berhampur city of Odisha, Giri completed his education at Khallikote College, Berhampur and University College, Dublin, Ireland in 1916. Appointed India's High Commissioner to Ceylon in 1947, Giri became a Member of Parliament in 1951 and served as Union Minister for Labour under Prime Minister Nehru during 1952-1954. Having served as Governor of the states of Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Mysore between 1957 and 1967, he was elected Vice President of India in 1967. Following the death of President Zakir Hussain, Giri also served as Acting President of India from 3 May 1969 to 20 July 1969. In the Presidential election of 1969, he won as an independent candidate defeating Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, the nominee of the ruling Congress Party. V.V. Giri received India's highest civilian decoration, the Bharat Ratna, in 1975.

Gopalpur port updates

Wishes to the participants of Rio

When CC camera will be installed in Bada Bazar?

Night view of the most powerful Shakti Peetha / Tantra Peetha; Tara Tarini

Class starts in IISER, Berhampur

Railway planned to install two lifts and two escalators at the Berhampur railway station

The East Coast Railway has planned to install two lifts and two escalators at the Berhampur railway station and the project will be completed by March 2017. 

The East Coast Railway has planned to install escalators and lifts at A1 and some A-class stations under its zone spread across Odisha and parts of Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. As per the plan, twelve escalators and nine lifts will be installed at the Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam railway station and two A-category stations (Cuttack and Berhampur) under the East Coast Railway (ECoR) zone to help passengers with disabilities and senior citizens, sources said.
The ECoR sources said four escalators and two lifts will be installed at Cuttack station, while Berhampur will get two lifts and two escalators. "We have not set any target for these two stations. But we will complete it in the next financial year," said the official.

Berhampur City Police Commissionerate Soon

Chakapad Birupakhya (Siva) Temple, (Kandhamal district)

Chakapad is situated about 800 ft (243.84 m) from sea level in G. Udayagiri Tahasil of Kandhamal district. Berhampur is the nearest city from this place. Lord Birupakhya (Siva) is the presiding deity of this area. 

Chakapad, known for its natural beauty, lies at a distance of 60 km from Phulbani the district headquarters. There is a temple of Lord Birupakshya on the historical river Bhrutanga at this site. 
The unique aspect of this place is that the trees all around and the Siva Linga inside the temple lean towards the South direction.

Budhi Thakurani, Berhampur

Budhi Thakurani is considered as the istadevi of Silk City Berhampur. As a child feels safe and secure in her mother’s lap, the inhabitants of Berhampur always have a secure felling under the blessings of Maa Budhi Thakurani. Therefore, the people of the city worship the deity with great reverence, devotion, love and affection and have strong belief on the Goddess as their guard wall.
Thakurani temple is situated in Old Berhampur. A large number of devotees visit the temple and worship to the deity inside the shrines is a piece of stone cut in crude fashion and smeared with sindoor and ornaments.

Like Tara Tarini Shakti, Peetha the temple presents a unique feature of close association of low caste and higher caste people of Hinduism. Here,the priests are barber by caste where as devotees come from all castes and class for darshan.
Berhampur Thakurani is famous for its two year gaped yatra. It is popularly known as Thakurani Yatra. It is a major festival of Berhampur city and southern Orissa as well. 
The month long home coming of the Goddess is celebrated with a great pomp. The Goddess is conceived as a daughter given away in marriage, visits her father’s house in every two years. Her presence at home is celebrated as the festival period.
During these days the town gets festive look and colorful. The chief attraction during the festival are the giant images of different goddess and mythological figures displayed in decorated pendals called Rathas, folk dance, tiger dance and veshas.

With the passing away of Prof. Prahallad Panda, South Odisha loses its most powerful voice

South Odisha loses its most powerful voice and a worthy Son of the Soil with the passing away of Prof. Prahallad Panda. Prof. Panda was an extraordinary academic, writer, author, columnist  and a communicator par-excellence who single-handedly fought for backward Southern Odisha region. He was also the editor of Kalinga Barta 
Future Berhampur pays rich tributes to this great personality.

IISER updates

Do you think lack of air-connectivity is a major reason why Odisha remains backward and underdeveloped?

While other states have marched ahead in developing multiple domestic airports in their respective states, it seems Odisha is yet to understand the importance of air connectivity for economic growth. Little back of the hand comparison shows how cities with same population and comparable parameters have marched ahead over the cities in Odisha merely on the back of better air connectivity. Berhampur, Sambalpur and Rourkela in Odisha, despite their potential to emerge as major growth centers are hardly recognised nationally. This has not only affected the growth of industry and urbanisation in the respective regions, but the vast potential of tourism remains untapped. It is high time, Odisha Govt. decided to develop full-fledged Green Field domestic airports in Berhampur and Rourkela to ensure the state moves ahead in the development chart.

Establishment of domestic airport in berhampur

@ Gopalpur port (Berhampur)

Odisha Governor appoints Rajendra Prasad Das as VC of Berhampur University

Odisha Governor and Chancellor Dr. S.C. Jamir appointed Prof. Rajendra Prasad Das as VC of Berhampur University. Dr. Rajendra Prasad Das is currently working as Professor & Director in the Institute of Management of Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur. - See more at:http://www.orissadiary.com/CurrentNews.asp…

Agricultural labourers at work in Monsoon drenched Ganjam

Centre approves 550 KM Gopalpur-Digha National Highway

With this project Berhampur will get direct road connectivity with coastal towns like Puri, Konark and Paradip that will save considerable travel time and this Highway can well emerge as a business and Tourism corridor benefiting the state. After IISER- Berhampur this comes as the second major project approved by Modi Government for Berhampur.

@ Gopalpur port

Newly opened bus stand at Gopalpur (Berhampur city)

Sand art in Berhampur to mark the auspicious month of Shravan

Large Egyptian ship berths at Gopalpur Port (Berhampur)

Siddha Bhairavi temple is situated at Mantridi near Berhampur city

Siddha Bhairavi temple is situated at Mantridi near Berhampur city in ganjam district of Odisha. The presiding deity is the goddess Bhairavi. Carved in crude fashion, the idol features one leg and four hands. It is said that this idol was excavated from a ploughed field and was enshrined as such in a new temple in 1937. All the Sankranti days in every month of the Hindu Calendar and Tuesdays are considered auspicious here.
The temple is on National Highway 16, about 18 kilometers (11 mi) from Berhampur city. Berhampur Railway Station is the nearest rail-head.
The temple houses 108 sub shrines dedicated to all Hindu gods like the 12 Jyotirlingas, Vaishno Devi, Dashavatara, Venkateshwara, Ranganatha, Meenakshi, Badrinath. A big shrine is also present which houses Lord Jagannath. It is believed that at the end of Kaliyuga Devi Bhairavi will accompany Kalki Avatar in restoring Dharma.

Airport in Berhampur

Sunabesha @ Gosaninuagan Jagannath Temple, Berhampur

Prepaid service will start in Berhampur

Berhampur Stadium updates

New Bus Terminal, Berhampur