The Planning Commission has accorded “in principle” approval to the construction of a new railway line, connecting the port town of Gopalpur in Ganjam district to Rayagada, an industrial hub, in south Odisha. The cost of this 258-km rail line is estimated at Rs 1,392.32 crore.
The feasibility survey of the proposed line was conducted by the Ministry of Railways at a cost of Rs 4 crore in 2009. The ministry had submitted the report to the Planning Commission for approval three years ago.
“Since the Planning Commission has already approved the project, we hope the Railways will make budgetary provisions for it in the next Railway budget,” said Chandra Sekhar Sahu, former Union minister and Congress leader.
Sahu said, he would meet the Railways minister soon to urge him to make maximum budgetary allocation for the project.
He also called upon the state government to extend all help to construct the new railway line. The new railway line, according to him, would boost industrialisation in southern Odisha including Ganjam and Rayagada districts.
While a number of core manufacturing industries including aluminium refineries of Utkal Alumina and Aditya Alumina are being set up in Rayagada, J K Paper, which already has unit there, is looking to ramp up capacity.
Similarly, an all-weather port is being constructed at Gopalpur by Gopalpur Port Limited (GPL), while a sister port of the Paradip Port Trust (PPT) has been proposed at Bahuda near Gopalpur town.
The commissioning of the new railway line will lift the standard of living of the locals besides promoting business activities, Sahu said.
World Diabetes Day: Over 900 mark attendance in Mega Walkathon in Berhampur to spread awareness
As many as 900 participants marked their attendance in the Diabetes Mega Walkathon organsied in Khalikote College ground on Saturday to mark World Diabetes Day.
With an intent to spread awareness about the disease, the rally was organised by Endocrinologist Dr Sunil Kumar Kota .
As Ganjam Superintendent of Police Narasingha Bhol and BMC Mayor K. Madhavi flagged off the walk, they highlighted the importance of exercise and proper lifestyle for sustaining healthy lifestyle.
“Exercise is the cornerstone of diabetes management. It helps insulin to discharge its duty even better and lower the sugar. Additionally exercise is helpful in reducing blood pressure, cholesterol, and improving cardiovascular (heart and blood vessels) function. Daily 30-45 minutes of brisk walk is essential. This is ideally achieved by covering a distance of 4-5 km over a period of 45-60 minutes,” said Dr Kota.
The government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in Berhampur has been adjudged best institute in the country in ‘Mechanic Motor Vehicle Trade’ and Srikant Sahu, a student of this trade of the institute, has been declared as the best craftsman of his trade in India.
These recognitions have come from the Director General of Employment and Training (DGE&T) of the Ministry of Labour, said the principal of this ITI, Rajat Kumar Panigrahy. On Friday, State Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Das Burma honoured Srikant as well as staff and students of the Institute for this achievement. On Thursday, Srikant along with the principal of the institute had met the CM Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar.
Every year the DGE&T assesses infrastructure and quality of training imparted in different trades in ITIs all over the country. There are 12,275 ITIs in India, including the government and private ones. The DGE&T also conducts tests to find out best craftsman in the country each trade taught in ITIs. Students in final year ITIs are eligible for this test. Initial scrutiny is done at state level and one student for each trade is selected to take part in the national level test.
This year Srikant of 2012-14 batch of ‘Mechanic Motor Vehicle Trade’ of Berhampur government ITI had represented Odisha in the national level test held in Kanpur in May. He was adjudged the best craftsman of his trade in the country. Adding to his honours, his institute was also distinguished as the best ITI in the country for ‘Mechanic Motor Vehicle Trade’. Srikant hails from Jharigaon in Nabarangpur district of south Odisha.
Jaugada ("Jaugarh", ancient Samapa]) is a ruined fortress near Berhampur city in Ganjam district of Odisha, India. Jaugada lies 35 km north-west of Berhampur and 160 km south-west of Bhubaneshwar. It is around 8 km from the famous Tara Tarini shakti peeth (Sthana Peetha) on the banks of Rushikulya.
Jaugarh", ancient name Samapa or Sampa was the capital of the great Kalinga rulers for thousand of year (Since Ramayana to Ashoka) and it was a provincial Mauryan fortified capital of Ashoka, of his newly conquered province of Kalinga at 2061 B.C.
It is believed that Ashoka Ruined this great capital after Kalinga war and destroyed the shrine of its Ista Devi Tara Tarini.
Jaugada is famed by its version of the monumental stone-cut edicts in Prakrit of the Mauryan emperor Ashoka.
This site was first documented by a team from the University of Heidelberg (Germany).
Ground-breaking ceremony for the first manufacturing unit to
be set up in Gopalpur Industrial Park Special Economic Zone (SEZ) project of
Tata Steel near Berhampur city in Ganjam district of Odisha was held on
This unit, to produce aerial target products for defence
purposes, is being set up by Mumbai-based Sure Safety Solutions Pvt. Ltd. in
collaboration with M/s Megitt Defence Systems Ltd. of United Kingdom. Initially
an assembling unit, it would cost Rs.60 crore and set up over an area of five
acres under the ‘Make in India’ scheme. The project will begin with an assembly
line for aerial targets, followed with servicing of Meggitt’s more than $50
million order procured from Indian Ministry of Defence for aerial targets.
Industries Minister Debi Prasad Mishra at the
ground-breaking ceremony of first firm coming up on SEZ project of Tata Steel
in Ganjam district.
Meggitt’s customer support manager Chris Hilder hoped that
production from their Gopalpur Industrial Park Unit was expected to start from
August 2016. He added that there were chances that this unit may be upgraded
from assembling to a full-fledged production unit in future.
The ceremony today was attended by Industries and School
& Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra, Science and Technology
Minister Pradeep Panigrahy, Army Air Defence College, Gopalpur, commandant Lt.-Gen.
A. K. Saigal and Arun Mishra, the vice-president, Project Gopalpur &
MD, Tata Steel Special Economic Zone Ltd.
Speaking to newsmen, Mr. Debi Mishra hoped that this unit
would usher a new beginning for industrial growth in Odisha as this SEZ is
first of its kind in Odisha. He added that the Odisha government would come up
with details of its SEZ policy by December which would ease process for
establishment of Gopalpur Industrial Park of Tata Steel. Mr Arun Mishra said
Tata Steel had started discussions with investors in China and other South-East
Asian countries, who have shown interest in the SEZ project.
Industries Minister Debi Prasad Mishra at the
ground-breaking ceremony of first firm coming up on SEZ project of Tata Steel,
Gopalpur (Berhampur) in Ganjam district.
The Industrial Development Corporation (IDCO) of Odisha in
the past had acquired 2,970 acres of land near Gopalpur port in Ganjam district
for a mega plant of Tata Steel. Later steel plant project had been shelved and
the company had decided to have a SEZ on the land. Registration process of
lease deed of land earmarked for this SEZ near Gopalpur port has started and
1,235 acres of land earmarked for the project would be registered in the
company’s name in the first phase, said Mr Debi Mishra. Rest of the land with
IDCO would be registered in the name of Tata Steel in a phased manner.
Meanwhile, a 55,000 tons per annum ferrochrome plant of Tata Steel that would
be the anchorage industry of this proposed SEZ is nearing completion. This
Rs.800-crore plant is expected to start its test production in January 2016 and
its commercial production would start in April 2016, said Mr Arun Mishra.
The earliest live performance of a song that comes to my
mind is from a beggar woman — a very old woman in the early 1960s — who used to
come and sit in front of our old ancestral mansion after stepping on to the
verandah and holding her walking stick. She would sing with both her hands
holding the stick, giving the rhythm (timing) support for the song, producing a
peculiar sound when an iron ring in one of her fingers made contact with the
Those were the times when the country’s economy was in the doldrums,
what with so many beggars straggling on the roads and standing in front of
every house, expecting alms. That was a time when apartment culture was not
even heard of and most of the families lived in their own houses, some small
and some big. Many of them used their musical talents to justify their begging,
perhaps with a self-respect satisfying them that the people who were giving
these homeless people coins or rice were pleased with their musical
Those were the time when automobiles were very few and there
was virtually no noise pollution. Radio was a luxury for the lower middle class
and the upper middle class. Those who were able to afford a radio set were
considered highly privileged. A telephone at home was considered a dream of
only the few who had the guts to dream to become rich. Ford-made cars of the
old model were the popular ones with the economically stable upper middle
A neighbour receiving an occasional telephone call would
cause the others much irritation, perhaps because they thought that undeserving
people were getting calls over telephone that only the rich deserved.
Those were the days when villagers used to travel in bullock
carts to the nearest towns to watch films, the only source of mass
entertainment then. I remember at least 50 to 60 bullock carts parked near a
cinema hall named Utkal that carried villagers from different hamlets around
our the then-town Berhampur just to watch the film Veer Bhimsen in which Dara
Singh played Bheem. The famous Goddess Festival, popularly known in Odia as
Thakurani Jatra, also was in progress. The selection of the perfect time to
screen mythological films by the cinema hall organisers was usually the two
months when the festival would be in progress so that the masses that visit
Berhampur from different places to have a darshan of the Thakurani Maa will
also have the luxury of seeing other screen gods like Krishna, Rama and others
from Indian mythology.
Also prominent were the roads with men donning make-up and
suitable attires to resemble mythological characters, a traditional practice to
please the goddess. For some, this period would be a boon to earn an extra buck
on the pretext of donning the disguise that made it mandatory for every one
they approached to give them some contribution with which the former was
supposed to buy prashad and contribute to the festivities. This would be a time
when the only dominating thought in every mind was the goddess.
During the last week of the festival, roads would get
overcrowded and even walking on the main road was possible only by jostling
through the crowd — let alone riding a bicycle. The tradition still continues
but with certain conditions put in place by the authorities. First of all, the
period of festivities has been reduced to only a month because of shortage of
water and power.
The number of people donning different divine avatars has
substantially come down, what with economic prosperity that does not compel
many to go for begging in disguise. However, one thing remains unchanged — the
unfortunate men with the soul of females — females trapped in male bodies —
this is a period when everyday they wear a saree and make themselves look like
the opposite sex, often creating an impression that what the crowds see is in
fact a woman and not a man.
This time, as the festival was celebrated, all those vivid
images locked in my mind since childhood came rushing to the surface in a
flashback. I prostrate before the Goddess Budhi Shantarani for giving us, the
Berhampurians, so much to enjoy and so much to seek from her, along with, of
course, her blessings.
Maa Tara Tarini peetha, a shakti shrine in the Ganjam district of Odisha State is a major religious tourist destination in India. Situated on the banks of River Rushikulya near Berhampur city , the shrine is visited by lakhs of devotees and tourists every year, particularly on all Tuesdays of the Hindu month of Chaitra and during Navaratra & Dussehra. It is just 7km away from Purushottampur and 28 km away from Berhampur city, the commercial epicenter of Odisha.
The shrine is worshiped as the Breast Shrine (Sthana Peetha) and the Twin Goddesses Tara and Tarini are worshiped as manifestations of Adi Shakti . The Tara Tarini Shakti Peetha is one of the oldest pilgrimage centers of the Mother Goddess and is one of four major ancient Tantra Peetha in India. The other three Adi Shakti Peethas are Bimala, Kamakshi (Assam) and Dakhina Kalika (West Bengal).
Tata Steel has roped in Sure Safety Solutions (SSS), a
Mumbai-based defence and surveillance technology products maker, to set up an
assembly line of aerial targets for armed forces next to its Special Economic
Zone (SEZ) in Gopalpur, a coastal town in Odisha, two people familiar with the
development told ET. Sure Safety Solutions has a teaming agreement with the
UK-based aerospace and defence major Meggitt PLC, a world leader in unmanned
vehicle systems including free flying aerial targets used for testing missiles.
SSS is expected to invest Rs 60-80 crore in the assembly
plant to be built under the 'Make in India' scheme, industry insiders said. The
plant will come up next to the Gopalpur SEZ of Tata Steel, which is helping the
state attract investments in the area.
A government official in the know said a formal announcement
of the plant is expected next week. While the initial project is an assembly
line for aerial targets, the plant will also be used to service Meggitt's Rs
100-crore plus order from the Indian Navy for aerial targets.
Arun Misra, Tata Steel VP and Gopalpur project in charge,
was not available for comment. Founded by Arun Bhalotia and Ravi Agarwal in
2004, SSS works in the area of field of security and surveillance, defence
simulators, and aerial and surface targets and UAVs.
It had supplied aerial targets for the testing of the
indigenous surface-to-air Akash missile at the integrated test range (ITR) in
Industry sources said SSS is expecting to land its largest
defence order soon and Gopalpur is considered an ideal location to execute
"It is the proximity — a 250-km distance to such Air
Force and naval institutions like the Chandipur test range and the Army Air
Defence College at Gopalpur itself — that makes Gopalpur an ideal
location," a company official said on condition of anonymity.
SSS, which also has offices in Berhampur and Bhubaneswar,
sees a possibility of building Quad Rotor UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle) used
for surveillance and reconnaissance at this site in the future.
Odisha recently registered 1,235 acres, or half of the total
Gopalpur site in advanced possession of Tata steel, in favour of Tata Steel
(Gopalpur) SEZ, where the company is setting up a ferrochrome plant. The
Centre's notification is awaited now.
While the state's new special economic zone (SEZ) policy
allows the anchor investor to sub-let land, the SSS plant will come up outside
of the SEZ area.
Having seen some high profile investments such as Posco and
Arcelor's steel plants come unstuck, Odisha is looking to move beyond
mineral-based industries. Priorities of its new industrial policy match those
identified by Tata Steel for Gopalpur — electronics and engineering, defence
and downstream of steel and aluminium.
The much-awaited renovation of Bahana Nala, one of the major drains flowing on the outskirts of Berhampur, started on Saturday. Higher education minister Pradeep Kumar Panigrahy laid the foundation stone for the renovation of the 17-km drain.
The estimated cost of the renovation work is Rs 22.15 crore and a target has been set to complete the work in three years, said the minister. "It was a longstanding demand of the people of the area as the clogged drain caused waterlogging," he said.
"We have aimed to construct at least six bridges over the drain and a 6-km wall to arrest soil erosion. With the renovation, the water-bearing capacity of the drain will be increased," said executive engineer, drainage division A K Patra.
People of lowlying areas like Gajapati Nagar, Jaya Prakash Nagar, Nilanchala Nagar and Saradha Bali in the city are facing waterlogging every year during the rains. Three-metre-high drain water was flowing in the area when cyclone Phailin hit the city on October 12, 2013, and during subsequent floods on October 23. District administration had pressed boats into service to ferry the local people.
"We have discussed with the Berhampur Municipal Corporation for construction of another drain connecting the lowlying areas and Bahana Nala," said the executive engineer. It would be constructed under the World Bank-aided Odisha Disaster Recovery Project (ODRP). Construction of drains in the city is one of the components of the Rs 180-crore ODRP, official sources said.
Lighthouses for which techno-economic feasibility has been conducted are at Gopalpur & False Point in Odisha, Dwarka & Veraval in Gujarat
The Shipping Ministry has kickstarted the ‘lighthouse tourism’ project by inviting initial qualification bids to develop eight lighthouses in the first phase, at a cost of Rs. 128 crore, under the public-private-partnership model.
The lighthouses are at Aguada (Goa), Chandrabhaga (Odisha), Kadalur (Kerala), Muttom, Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu, Kanhoji Angre, Sunk Rock in Maharashtra, and Minicoy (Lakshwadeep).
The project involves putting up viewing towers/galleries, amphitheatres with sound and light shows, laser shows, resorts and eco-resorts, restaurants, cafes, food courts, drive-in restaurants and arts & craft centre, according to the Request for Qualification from bidders, issued by the Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL).
There are 189 lighthouses along the 7,157-km long coastline, including the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the Lakshadweep Islands.
The DGLL has developed four lighthouses — Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Alapuzha and Kannur — as tourist centres with basic infrastructure facilities and museum.
The other four lighthouses for which techno-economic feasibility has been conducted are at Gopalpur and False Point in Odisha, and Dwarka and Veraval in Gujarat.
famous Sodasha Puja at Tara Tarini Shakti Peeth near Berhampur in Odisha
started from Mulastami i.e. on 04 October, 2015. This Puja will continue till
Mahastami i.e. on 20th October, 2015. In major Shakti Peethas like Kamakshya,
Daksinakali, Tara Tarini, Bimala, Chamundeswari and Maha Kali the Durga Puja is
observed for 16 days, starting from Bhadrapada Krushna Paksha Ashtami to
Ashvina Shukla Paksha Navami of the Hindu Calendar, also known as Shodasa Puja
orShodasa Dinatmaka Upachara.
Tara Tarini is worshiped as the Breast Shrine (Sthana Peetha) and
manifestations of Adi Shakti. The Tara Tarini Shakti Peetha is one of the
oldest pilgrimage centers of the Mother Goddess and is one of four major
ancient Tantra Peethas and Shakti Peethas in India.
chanting of hymns the Sodasha Puja also known as Devi Utthapana began at Tara
Tarini shrine after 3.00 pm on Mulastami. 108 Sevakas of Tara Tarini Shakti
Peeth brought 108 pots of water from the holy Rushikulya River flowing at the
foothill of the shrine. After rituals of
Snana, Majana, Mangala Arati, Maha Arati, Chhandi Path and commencement of Chandi
Yagna in the established tradition, the goddess gave darshan to her devotees in
the Rajarajeswari Besha and the entire process continued till 12.30 pm next day.
per the information from the shrine, the Chandi Patha and Chandi Yagna started on
the first day of Sodasha Puja will continue till last day of Vijayadashami /
Dussehra. Out of the 16 days, the Navratri Puja will start from October 13 and
will culminate on October 21. Navaratri is the last nine days of Shodasa Puja
and the Shakti is also worshiped by devotees in different pandals for a period
of nine days.
to the Vedic scriptures, Adi Shakti or Goddess Durgā is a symbol of power. She
is worshipped in nine different forms and is therefore termed Nava-durgā. Each
of the nine manifestation of Durgā are worshipped with full devotion during Navarātri
at Tara Tarini Adi Shakti Peeth. These nine forms of manifestation are
Śhailaputrī, Brahmachāriṇī, Chandrakaṇṭā, Kuṣhmāṇḍā, Skandamātā, Kātyāyanī,
Kālarātrī, Mahāgaurī and Siddhidātrī. It is believed that if worshipped ‘Nava
Durgā’ with religious fervor during Navaratri, it bestows all spiritual
fulfillment to a devotee.
Sodasha Puja, Navratri and Vijayadashami are very important and major festivals
in the religious calendar of this Shakti Peeth. During this entire 16 days
period, the sanctum of Maa Tara Tarini remains open round the clock for Darshan
of the devotees. Lakhs of devotees gathering to obtain darshan of Maa during
Dangerous river crossing for students; When the fate of South Odisha will change?
Residents of five villages in Daringbadi block of Kandhamal district (around 200 km from Berhampur city in South Odisha) including women and school going children allegedly risking their life every day to cross a small river through a makeshift hanging bridge made up of rope.
It is no less than a dangerous tightrope walk performed by acrobats in circuses. Five villages whose residents are forced to tread this risky route are Gobatbadi, Kudimanja, Laribadi, Baligada and Aadagadu of Simanbadi panchayat. To reach the local panchayat office, school and market at Simanbadi, residents of these villages have to cross the Tikapata river near Gobatbadi. Villagers are demanding for bridge at the spot for a long time. The condition worsens during monsoon.
Speaking to The Hindu , Block Development Officer of Daringbadi, S.Sharma, said an alternative route exists for these villagers, which they are not using. According to him a bailey bridge exists at a small distance from these villages near Dakarbadi, that had been constructed at a cost of around Rs 1 crore. “If inhabitants of these five villages use this bridge to reach Simanbadi they would have to travel an extra 500 metres to one kilometre more than if they opt for the dangerous crossing of the river,” he said
Officials accept that around 15 years back construction of a bridge had been started near Gabatbadi, which has not got completed yet. Few pillars of the half constructed bridge still exist in the area. Construction of this bridge had been stopped due to technical reasons as no soil test had been conducted before start of construction and later soil test had hinted that the spot was not suitable for the purpose.
On Wednesday, the BDO along with the sub-collector of Baliguda, A. Saha reached these five villages to hold discussion with inhabitants about the issue. Social activist of Daringbadi area Kailash Dandapat said in last 15 years construction technology has evolved a lot and advanced technology should be used to construct a bridge over the river at the spot where villagers cross it dangerously.