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Friday, April 24, 2015

Bhanja Vihar (Berhampur) moots satellite campus in Rayagada

The Berhampur University (BU) has sent a proposal to the state government, requesting infrastructure facilities for a satellite campus at Rayagada. "Since educationally-backward Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur and Malkangiri districts falls under BU's jurisdiction, we felt the need for a satellite campus," said vice-chancellor of the university Deepak Kumar Behera.
A total of 147 colleges in these districts are affiliated to BU. In 2006, the University Grants Commission (UGC) launched the concept of satellite campus with the aim to offer professional and academic courses to students in rural and far flung areas and save them from coming all the way to the cities to pursue higher education. "It will also help to enhance the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER)," Behera added.
The state has a GER of 16% as against the national average of 19.4%. It is less than 10% in the southern Odisha districts with high percentage of ST/SC population, said a BU official. Higher education minister Pradeep Panigrahy said, "The government is examining the proposal."

After getting the government's nod, the university will start the satellite campus with a few departments. The rest will be put in place in phases. The BU is also planning to introduce some job-oriented professional courses, the official added.
TNN | Apr 23, 2015

Orissa CM's nod for university status to Khallikote, RD colleges


The state government on Thursday approved the proposals to upgrade Khallikote Autonomous College, Berhampur and, RD Autonomous Women's College, Bhubaneswar to universities.
Higher education minister Pradeep Panigrahy told the media that the universities would function from 2015-16 academic year. RD will become a women's university. Around 50 women's colleges, which are under Utkal University, will be affiliated to it. The exact shape of the university and its affiliated colleges will be decided soon. Besides the existing 25-acre campus, the government will look for another 25 acre for its second campus, the minister said.
Khallikote will be part of a cluster university, comprising five nearby colleges. The other four are S D Women's College and Binayak Acharya College in Berhampur, besides colleges at Chhatrapur and Gopalpur, the minister said.

The government will spend Rs 55 crore each on infrastructure development of the two universities. The funds will be drawn from Rashtriya Uchhatar Shiksha Abhiyan, a central-sponsored programme for higher education.

-TNN | Apr 24, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

Famous Thakurani Yatra extended by 11 days in Berhampur


In view of popular demand, the district administration in Ganjam has extended the famous Thakurani Yatra on April 19, 2015 in Berhampur by 11 days. The biennial festival, which started on March 28, will continue till April 27, officals said today.


Initially, the district administration had allowed the festival committee to hold the yatra for 20 days even though the latter had sought permission for 31 days.
"Several people approached the district administration requesting for extension of the festival", said Sub-Collector (Berhampur) Nikhil Pawan Kalyan.

The festival is attracting huge crowd from different places and hundreds of the people are thronging the Silk City to witness the famous Yatra. Locals dressed like mythological characters are seen moving around the city and so are chariots in different shapes like boita (ship) and doli (swing).

Friday, April 17, 2015

Four laning of NH-59 in Berhampur city delayed

   Condition of roads in the city pathetic
National Highway 59 passing through Berhampur has become an agony to ride on. Big holes have emerged at several roads, which are part of the NH. Though upgrading of the highway started in September 2013, it is not yet completed as per the schedule.
The highway is one of the important highways connecting Berhampur to several other cities. It passes through many roads of Berhampur such as Aska Road, Courtpeta Road, Engineering School Road, Haridakhandi and Khodasingh road. However, several holes on these roads irritate commuters.
Samantha Panda, a local resident said, “I ride a bike and pass through the Aska Road while going to the office every day. But there are several big holes on the road, which can cause back injuries while passing through it on a two wheeler.”
The Works Department of Government of Odisha looks into the construction and maintenance of the National Highways.
The Executive Engineer of the National Highways, R.K. Maharana, said, “We are almost done with the renovation work at several parts of the NH 59. Water leakage is the main issue on the Courtpeta Road, Haridakhandi Road and Aska Road. We have repaired them at some places. But unless the pipelines get repaired, the roads can't be reconstructed.”
 The four laning of the NH 59 has also started at some parts, but the project is running behind the original schedule.
 Maharana says, “The widening of the highway couldn’t be done at 10 points due to which four laning project has been delayed. Due to drain alignment, road side electric polls and PHD valves on the road, the widening of roads is delayed.”

 When iamin spoke to PHD officials, he said, “the pipelines were laid in the middle of the roads since the beginning. It is proposed to the state government to shift the pipelines to the edges of the roads. But it will take time”.
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BDA approves Greater Berhampur Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP)

Berhampur Development Authority (BDA) has approved the final Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) for Greater Berhampur. The plan would be sent to the government for gazette notification, Chairman of the agency Subash Moharana said. “The final plan includes 407 suggestions and objections received from people in three months after issuing a public notice,” Secretary Dipti Mohapatra said.
“At least five industrial zones, an airport and ring roads are proposed in the CDP. Greater Berhampur spread over 320 sq km will include areas under Berhampur Municipal Corporation, Chhatrapur, Gopalpur NACs and adjoining villages. Around 8 sq km at Laxmipur on Purushottampur road has been earmarked for the proposed airport.

The CDP was prepared by the town and country planning organisation (TCPO) under the ministry of urban development, keeping in view its possible growth in the next two decades, Mohapatra said. “Almost all facilities required in the next two decades are included in the CDP, which is necessary for development of the town in a planned manner. The builders and industrial houses are facing problems in getting their plan approved in the absence of a masterplan. I hope it will help all stake holders in developing the town,” Berhampur MLA R C Chyaupatnaik said.
The last master plan for Berhampur was prepared in 1969. Since then the authority made several efforts to prepare the CDP. “The TCPO took 26 months to prepare the draft CDP. It prepared the final plan on March 30 after incorporating all suggestions,” Mohapatra added.
— By PTI | Apr 16, 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Tara Tarini Shrine Development



Berhampur's MKCG Medical College and Hospital needs more ICUs

As MKCG Medical College and Hospital is one of the oldest hospitals in the state, everyday, people from across the ten districts of Southern Odisha visit the hospital and emergency cases from all the Private Health Centres (PHCs) and town hospitals are referred here.
However, the hospital has only four ICUs for the Department of Medicine apart from five respiratory ICUs for TB ward and a Special New Born care unit. Consequently, patients have to wait for long to get admitted in ICU, while emergency cases have to be referred to private hospitals often.
Shedding light on patients' concerns, Ayush, a patient's brother mentions, “Considering the daily footfall of the patients, more ICUs need to be constructed in the hospital,”
“Around 10 percent of the patients that come to the hospital everyday need to get admitted to the hospital. They are usually cases of Malaria, Sepsis, lung infection. As far as emergency cases are concerned like heart attacks, there is no other choice except for sending to other hospitals,” explains Junior Doctor of Medicine Department.
What adds to the woes of the patients and their kins is that there is no ICU facility in any of the private Hospitals in Berhampur. So the patients are compelled to go to Visakhapatnam or Bhubaneswar.
Recounting a difficult experience, Sunil Mohanty, son of a patient admitted in the Medicine ward recalls, “My Father was in a serious condition a couple of months ago when I had brought him to MKCG. But there were no ICUs available to admit him. So I had to take him to Bhubaneswar. Later he recovered, but everybody is not as fortunate as us.”
The ICU building under construction since October last year

It can be noted that a 20 bedded ICU block on the top floor of the medicine ward is almost ready. However, the unit lacks oxygen supply, and other essential facilities.
“Though ventilators have been arranged, there is deficit of oxygen supply due to technical difficulties. Besides, we don’t have sufficient staff to watch out the new blocks. In fact, recently air conditioners installed on the new ICU block were stolen due to shortage of staff,” explains Principal of MKCG Medical College Arun Kumar Dandapata.
It may also be noted here that funds worth Rs. 6.9 Crores have been sanctioned for a new Central ICU building in the Hospital. The Road and Buildings (R&B) Department has been assigned to construct the building in front of the Medicine Ward. Even though R&B started the work in October last year, the project has hardly reached completion. “There is a dysfunctional transformer on the site due to which the work is stopped. We have asked the SOUTHCO to shift it. After it is removed, work will start again and we will try to complete the building within end of this year,” Executive Engineer of R&B Manoranjan Tripathy assures.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Berhampur girl wins gold in World Martial Art Council Game for kickboxing

Berhampur girl B.Yasoda Reddy won gold medal in the First World Martial Art Council Game on Wednesday for kickboxing. The international sports event is being held in Bangkok. Twenty-year-old Reddy was selected by the Indian Kickboxing Association on the basis of her winning performance in the qualifying match.

 The young kickboxer faced immense financial difficulties. Even to participate in the international event, she had to make a deposit of Rs, 47,000 for the entry fee, travel and other expenses. However, with the efforts of her coach N. Balakrishna Reddy and financial help from the District administration, she participated in the event. The event started on March 12 and will continue till March 22.

Famous Berhampur Thakurani Jatra to begin from March 28

The famous Budhi Thakurani Jatra of Berhampur will start from March 28 this year and will continue till April 27. Preparations for the biannual festival have started at the Desibehera Street in Berhampur after the Subha Khunti (auspicious post) was laid on March 12.
Devotees in huge numbers expected to visit the temporary temple at the Desibehera Street at the time of Jatra,

Devotees in huge numbers expected to visit the temporary temple at the Desibehera Street at the time of Jatra,
Devotees in huge numbers expected to visit the temporary temple at the Desibehera Street at the time of Jatra, 
“The construction of the temporary temple at the Desibehera Street has started, it will take four more days to complete,” informed the craftsman of the temporary Mandap Dasarathi Maharana. The Jatra begins with the arrival of the floral sign of the deity (Aagyamala) to the temporary temple. This will be followed by Ghata Yatra in which the Aagyanmala will be taken on a public procession around the streets of Old Berhampur.
As devotees in huge numbers are expected at the time of Jatra, the Public Health Department has planned to increase drinking water supply in the Bada Bazar area.
As informed by the Executive Engineer of PHD Deba Sundar Mahapatra, around 20 temporary stand points will be placed in Desibehera Street and the nearby places. Water tankers will be positioned on different squares of the city at the time of jatra.
20 March 2015 | Ronalisa Parida | Edited By: Longjam Dineshwori
http://microstatindia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2296&catid=19&Itemid=630

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Over three lakhs gathered on second Tuesday of Chaitra at Tara Tarini


Tata plant in Gopalpur SEZ (Berhampur) to open in July


The high carbon ferrochrome plant of Tata Steel, which would be the anchorage industry of the proposed Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of the company in Ganjam district of Odisha, is expected to be commissioned in July this year.
This SEZ named ‘Gopalpur Industrial Park’ is coming up on the land that had been acquired by the company for its now shelved mega steel plant project near Gopalpur port. This ferrochrome plant linked to the SEZ project will be of 55,000 Tons per Annum (TPA) capacity. Tata Steel has invested Rs. 800 crore on this ferrochrome plant. According to Tata Steel officials in the second phase the company envisions to expand capacity of this ferrochrome unit to 2,45,000 TPA. It will make it largest single location ferrochrome production complex in Asia.

Construction and all other works of the ferrochrome plant of Tata Steel in Ganjam district is expected to be completed by May. As per the information from Arun Misra, vice president, Gopalpur Project & MD, Tata Steel SEZ, commissioning of this ferrochrome plant will take some more time till July because of power connectivity process. Some changes had to be brought in the route map of the power transmission line to this plant as it was it was crossing a hospital coming up in the area. It has delayed the power connectivity process. The Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL) has already approved the new route of transmission line for this project and work is on.
Jurong, a Singapore based consultant firm is developing the master plan for this multi-product SEZ of Tata Steel. This SEZ is expected to attract investment worth 10,000 to 15,000 crore rupees. Commissioning of the high carbon ferrochrome plant as the anchorage industry would be first major step towards materialisation of the ‘Gopalpur Industrial Park’ SEZ project. The target is to start this SEZ in 2016.
According to Tata Steel sources, the company has already started the process to attract and invite companies to its proposed SEZ. The company has already organised a ‘road show’ for the purpose in Singapore. It is in touch with prospective investors in India as well as abroad, who may be interested to come up with their units in the Gopalpur SEZ of the company.

BERHAMPUR, March 18, 2015

Brahmapur railway station gets additional platform, ticket booking counter and new entrance

Brahmapur railway station gets additional platform, ticket booking counter and new entrance connecting the Good shed road.

Olive Ridley turtles arrive for annual nesting at Rushikulya coast near Berhampur

41 km stretch of Berhampur-Taptapani road yet to be completed

Tardy progress of work on the 41-km Berhampur-Taptapani Road in Ganjam district of Odisha appeared to have irked people as the Rs 82 crore project was taken up over six years ago.
"Accidents are regularly reported on this stretch and the road work needs to be completed as soon as possible," said former Chairman of Digapahandi Notified Area Council (NAC) Hruday Ranjan Mekap.
The Rs 82-crore work was taken up in November, 2008 under the World Bank-funded Orissa State Road Project to improve the state highway, connecting Berhampur with Taptapani, a tourist destination.
Berhampur-Taptapani Road in Ganjam district of Odisha 
The delay has escalated the project cost to Rs 87 crore, officials said. "Work on 30 km of the 41-km stretch has been completed," said Executive Engineer of the project Binod Das.
He attributed the delay to hurdles in land acquisition, payment of compensation to land losers, termination of contract and floating of fresh tender. "Land for the project have been acquired in 28 of 31 villages so far. The process could not be completed in Digapahandi, Lanjia and Gokarnapur following some disputes," officials said. "Family and title disputes, besides cases, including endowment, pending in courts, have hampered the progress of the project," said Land Acquisition Officer, A K Das. "We couldn't provide compensation to some land losers following a directive from additional commissioner of endowment," Das added.

The contractor has sought time till December. The firm was given June deadline though the work was to be completed in January.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Devotees throng Tara Tarini Hill shrine to witness Chaitra Mela

With the beginning of the Chaitra Mela, thousands of devotees thronged Tara Tarini Hill Shrine in Ganjam district to witness the Tara Tarini Chaitra Jatra.
The Chaitra Mela which starts from the first Tuesday of the Hindu month of Chaitra continues for the four Tuesdays of the month. Tara Tarini is known as one of the major Shakti Pithas in India where the twin goddesses Tara and Tarini are worshipped as the manifestation of Adi Shakti. The temple is located on the bank of river Rushikulya.
The goddesses Tara and Tarini are regarded as the presiding deity (Ista-Devi) in many parts of Odisha. Mundan ceremony of a baby (usually performed during the first year of a child's life) is done to get the blessings of the Goddesses. Devotees climb 999 steps to reach the temple. A highspeed rope-way is being operated by UshaBreaco to carry devotees to the hill temple.

“Special arrangements have been made for the convenience of the visitors. Tents have been set up on the way to the hilltop so that visitors can take rest. Temporary health camps are also put up,” said Secretary of Taratarini Development Board P.K. Panda.

Berhampur to have a City Commercial Centre soon

Berhampur will soon have a City Commercial Centre at Ambapua road near Gopalpur junction. The centre will comprise of several commercial buildings. Its construction will be done by the Berhampur Municipal Corporation.
According to BDA Secretary Dipti Mahapatra, “The design of the City Commercial Centre is ready and we will send it for approval from the government. After it is approved, we will start working on it.”
BDA has planned to make the City Commercial Centre on a land of 12 acres. It will be a multi-storied marketing centre with offices, multiplex and a shopping mall inside it. The mall is designed to be constructed on a land of five acres.
“We have not yet fixed the budget for the project. But we will make it on Public Private Partnership mode once we get the approval,” informed Secretary.
On one hand the BDA is planning to start new projects in Berhampur, the authority has still not been able to complete the old projects. BDA had started a housing project called Vivek Vihar on Ambapua road in 2009. However, the beneficiaries went to the High Court against the delay in project. Asked on the matter the Secretary said, “The matter is subjudic. So we can’t start work there and even no depositor has deposited the full amount yet.”

Similarly, the BDA has planned to make ring roads for greater Berhampur. Commenting on the matter Mahapatra said, “It is already approved by the state government but the funds have not been sanctioned yet. After we get the funds, firstly, we will start the land acquisition procedure.”

OTDC gets responsibility for renovation of Budhi Thakurani temple in Berhampur

Public utility services like parking space, drinking water facilities and toilets will be provided after the renovation of the temple
Thousands of devotees attend the famous Budhi Thakurani Yatra which is organised once in every two years at Old Berhampur.
After the Tourism department sanctioned Rs. One Crore for the development of the famous Budhi Thakurani temple in Berhampur last year, the responsibility for renovation has been given to the Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC).
Thousands of devotees attend the famous Budhi Thakurani Yatra which is organised once in every two years at Old Berhampur.
“Public utility services like parking space, drinking water facilities and toilets will be provided after the renovation of the temple. The assigned architecture firm NESTER has already made the blue print of the developments,” said District Tourism Officer Sanatan Nayak. “The funds have reached OTDC and we will call tenders for the work,” he added.
The Budhi Thakurani temple of Berhampur is one of the oldest temples of the city. Thousands of devotees attend the famous Budhi Thakurani Yatra which is organised once in every two years at Old Berhampur. Besides, the arrival of devotes continues throughout the year.
-DNA, Monday, 09 March 2015 | Ronalisa Parida
in courts, have hampered the progress of the project," said Land Acquisition Officer, A K Das. "We couldn't provide compensation to some land losers following a directive from additional commissioner of endowment," Das added.

The contractor has sought time till December. The firm was given June deadline though the work was to be completed in January.

41 km stretch of Berhampur-Taptapani road yet to be completed

Tardy progress of work on the 41-km Berhampur-Taptapani Road in Ganjam district of Odisha appeared to have irked people as the Rs 82 crore project was taken up over six years ago.
"Accidents are regularly reported on this stretch and the road work needs to be completed as soon as possible," said former Chairman of Digapahandi Notified Area Council (NAC) Hruday Ranjan Mekap.
The Rs 82-crore work was taken up in November, 2008 under the World Bank-funded Orissa State Road Project to improve the state highway, connecting Berhampur with Taptapani, a tourist destination.
The delay has escalated the project cost to Rs 87 crore, officials said.   "Work on 30 km of the 41-km stretch has been completed," said Executive Engineer of the project Binod Das.
He attributed the delay to hurdles in land acquisition, payment of compensation to land losers, termination of contract and floating of fresh tender. "Land for the project have been acquired in 28 of 31 villages so far. The process could not be completed in Digapahandi, Lanjia and Gokarnapur following some disputes," officials said.  "Family and title disputes, besides cases, including endowment, pending in courts, have hampered the progress of the project," said Land Acquisition Officer, A K Das. "We couldn't provide compensation to some land losers following a directive from additional commissioner of endowment," Das added.
The contractor has sought time till December. The firm was given June deadline though the work was to be completed in January.

New platform of Berhampur Railway Station to open from March 15


The new constructed platform of the Berhampur Railway Station will be opened from March 15 onwards.
Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM) of Khorda Division, Subhendu Kumar Choudhary made the announcement on Tuesday after reviewing the construction work going on at the Berhampur Railway Station.

Subhendu Kumar Choudhary said,“The new platform is almost ready and it will be opened for public use from March 15. Trains will pass via platform no. 4 and 5 and ticket distribution counters will also be opened outside the platforms. However, we have to wait for the formal inauguration for some time.”
The new platform is a part of the master plan prepared for overall development of the Berhampur Railway Station. A food plaza was opened recently on the first platform and a parking lot was also constructed under the plan.
However, the Automated Ticket Vending Machines in the Railway station are not functioning. On this the ADRM said, “The problem will be fixed soon. We will also deploy a person beside the machine to guide people while buying the ticket.”
Subhendu Kumar Choudhary was among the three member team from the Khorda Divisional Railways who visited the Berhampur Railway Station on Tuesday. The other members were Deputy Chief Engineer Sudhir Kumar Parida and Senior Divisional Commercial Manager H.L. Luuang.

DNA, 03 March 2015 | Ronalisa Parida 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Establishment of IISER in Berhampur


Railway line from Gopalpur to Kandhamal demanded

A group of intellectuals of different social organisations and civil society forums on Wednesday demanded rail connectivity from Gopalpur to Phulbani and extended connection with the Khordha-Balangir railway line.
The intellectuals including Sriya Nayak, Dr Subash Chandra Sahu, Deepak Pattnaik and Sudhansu Panda said the Kandhamal district of south Odisha is yet to get railway connectivity. As communication is one of the vital components of development, people of the district are deprived of it, they added.
They said the rail connectivity would help to develop the economy standard of these areas. Rail connectivity to the Gopalpur port would not only create jobs, but also enhance business in the State. Kandhamal, which is famous for its spices like ginger and turmeric and forest goods, would get easy connectivity to market its products. It would also help to attract investment in the region, said the intellectuals.

Source: The Pioneer 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Brahmapur Commissionerate Police system soon

The much-awaited setting up of a Commissionerate police system here has got a boost with identification of required land for construction of its headquarters and staff quarters having come to final stage.
Sources said the Brahmapur police have submitted their proposal to the State Government for establishment of the proposed headquarters of the Commissionerate of Police near the Income Tax office (Ayakar Bhavan) at Ambapua in the city. For this purpose, a patch of land measuring 2.5 acres has been identified. Similarly, another suitable land measuring 2.5 acre have also been identified for construction of staff quarters, sources said.
Brahmapur police sources said they have started looking a suitable building in the city for the purpose of residence of the new Commissioner. Till the Commissionerate of Police has its own building in the proposed site, it would start functioning in the office of the Brahmapur Police District Headquarters likely by May this year, it added.
Meanwhile, the local Police have submitted several new proposals and measures to the State Government for effective functioning of the Commissionerate of Police in the city.
According to the new proposal, three police stations at Jarada, Digapahandi and K Nuagaon under the Brahmapur police district might function under the Ganjam police district, while three police stations at Chhatrapur, Chamakhandi and Arjipalli under the Ganjam police would be included in the proposed Commissionerate Police system. Besides the exchange, other eleven police stations of the Brahmapur police district would come under the new system.
Like the Commissionerate Police (Bhubaneswar-Cuttack), the whole Commissionerate area would be divided into five zones headed by five Assistant Commissioner of Polices (ACP). Apart from that three IPS officers would be appointed for the post of the Commissioner of Police along with two DCPs (Territorial and Headquarters). Under each ACP, separate cells like Crime, Human Trafficking and HRPC would function.
Notably, DGP Sanjeev Marik during his last visit had assured the Brahmapur people to strengthen the police in the city to gain confidence of the public.
-23 February 2015 | KRUSHNA CHANDRA PANDA | BRAHMAPUR