Berhampur News


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Tall claims of Odisha Govt. vs Reality

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.

Chitfund court at Berhampur

Berhampur railway employees take oath to continue Swachh Bharat Mission

Taking the oath of cleanliness, employees on Tuesday conducted a Swachta Abhiyan at Berhampur Railway Station. Senior Divisional Engineer of Khorda Railway Division, Ashok Kumar lead the team in cleaning the premises of the station.
Chief Health Inspector of Berhampur Railway Station, M. Gopal Krishna, informed, “The Abhiyan has been kick started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We have taken the oath to devote two hours in a week to clean the station.”
Various organisations such as Child Line and SOCH (Society for Children) also participated in the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan.

- DNA Berhampur I 29 September 2015 | Ronalisa Parida

Highcourt Bench at Berhampur

Autonomous Status to MKCG Medical college Berhampur

Old Bus Stand, Berhampur

Modi government proposed several development projects in Ganjam: Dharmendra Pradhan

Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday said he would personally take interest for implementation of different centrally-aided projects in Ganjam district if the state government came forward to assist like providing land.
Several projects have been proposed by the central government in Ganjam. These include a railway wagon factory, a transport nagar, a defence manufacturing unit, a mega oil depo near Golantara, coastal national highway from Gopalpur to Digha and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research.
"All these projects will be only implemented after the state government hands over the required lands to the departments concerned," he told at a meeting here while launching a loan mela under Pradhan Matri Mudra Yojana. He also assured that he would take interest to make Gopalpur Port s a major and all-weather port if the state government requests the Centre in this regard. The port is being developed by Gopalpur Port Limited, a private company.
On the demand to extend the proposed coastal national highway from Digha to Gopalpur up to Sonepur in Ganjam district, he promised the matter would be taken up with Union minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari.
He blamed the state government for the underdevelopment of Ganjam district, particularly Berhampur, the commercial hub.
Earlier, Lok Sabha member (Aska) Ladu Kishor Swain and MLA (Berhampur) R C Chyaupatnaik appealed to the Union minister for implementation of various central projects in the district.
-TNN | Sep 26, 2015

No End to Traffic Snarls on Berhampur city Streets

Commuters are facing harrowing time in Berhampur with traffic management worsening day by day. The automated traffic signals installed at three major squares of the city to streamline traffic flow, do not function properly.
Even as the local administration had decided to take strict measures to check traffic problems caused by unauthorised vending zones in different areas of the city, this has been of little help.
In areas like Tata Bench Square, Kamapalli Square, Subbarao Square and First Gate Square, traffic jam is a frequent problem faced by commoners. In fact, the automated traffic signal at Tata Bench Square has been lying defunct from 2010 and currently, vehicular traffic is being managed by two traffic cops and three Home Guards, shift wise.
A few years back, roads in the area were broadened by removing encroachments but that did not solve the problem. The automated traffic signal at Subbarao Square also does not function.
Sources said unplanned stoppages of passenger buses as well as buses of educational institutions are a major hindrance to traffic management. Such is the situation that traffic cops are unable to streamline traffic from Zanana Hospital area towards Komapalli and Giri Road. Besides, with vehicle owners choosing to park on the road, squeezing the space in the already narrow lanes, the city witnesses bottlenecks in almost every road. Locals said irresponsible driving and lack of traffic sense among the drivers have also aggravated the situation. “Even if you abide by traffic rules, you cannot assume other vehicles to follow the same these days. They lack riding sense,” rued a Central Government employee, Ratnakar Sabat.
Sources said traffic management with the existing manpower is a Herculean task. While the number of vehicles in the city has increased manifold, there are not enough traffic personnel to manage the city traffic. “We are trying to ensure smooth flow of traffic at peak hours. However, people are also expected to drive responsibly, which is lacking,” said Suresh Kumar Kayara, Berhampur traffic station in-charge.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Defective Haladiapadar flyover, Berhampur

Odisha Govt ignoring folk dance legend Padmashri Bhagaban Sahu in his birth centenary year

Folk dance enthusiasts and disciples of folk dance legend of Odisha Padmashri Bhagaban Sahu lamented that even in his centenary year, the government had failed upkeep the memory of this great personality, who had codified most folk dance forms of south Odisha.
Padmashri Bhagaban Sahu with Indira gandhi
September 21 is the 101st birth anniversary of Bhagaban Sahu, who was born in Ganjam district in 1914. He passed away on August 12, 2012. Even in his centenary year, the State Culture Department as well as the Sangeet Natak Akademi did not show any interest to revive his memories, said secretary of Padmashri Bhagaban Sahu Smaranika Committee (PBSSC), Bighneswar Sahu. Villages like Narendrapur and Badakusasthali in Ganjam district happened to be laboratory of folk dance by Bhagaban Sahu and his disciples still keep up his tradition there. But no programme has been planned there to observe his birth centenary or anniversary.
G. Krishna Reddy, a disciple of this great maestro, said: “It is an irony that the government as well as political leaders are taking much pain to promote modern dance groups and singers on TV channels although they have no footing in Orissa’s cultural heritage while due respect is not shown for the folk art forms and its gurus who are identity of Odisha.”

Mr Bighneswar said they had requested the government and State Sangeet Natak Akademy last year but in vain.
Padmashri Bhagaban Sahu
According to former secretary of Odisha Sageet Natak Akademi, Manmath Satpathy, Mr. Sahu own revived and codified several folk dance forms of south Odisha like tiger dance, ranapa, the dance on stilts, jodi sankha, laudi, paika dance and chadheia chadheiani. He is also remembered as the choreographer of the much-acclaimed movie Bagh Bahadur based on tiger dance form revived by him. Academician and folk researcher Venkat Rao Reddy also termed Bhagaban Sahu as a social reformer, who despite being a Brahmin had become disciple of tribal and Dalit folk dance gurus living in remote jungles to master the folk dance forms and to codify them for international arena. Bhagaban Sahu trained common poor villagers to become folk dance artistes to add up to their income.
Admirers of this legendary folk dance guru demanded that the State government institute a chair in Berhampur University or Odisha University of Culture in his memory, install his statue at a public place, release postal stamp in his memory and institute of an award for folk dancers. They also wanted Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BMC) to establish a library in the city.
-The Hindu, BERHAMPUR, September 21, 2015

Lakhs Gathered on Ganesh Puja @ the ancient Sidha Vinayak Petha, Panchama (Berhampur)

Khallikote University second campus to come up near Kanishi

The second campus will set up for the newly established Khallikote cluster university near Kanishi on the outskirts of Berhampur.
Around 20 acres of land have been identified near Palur hill for the purpose. "It would be set up from funds sanctioned under Rastriya Uchachatara Shikshya Abhiyan (RUSA)," Pradeep Panigrahi, the state's higher education minister, said here on Tuesday.
The government has approved Rs 55 crore for the next three years to Khallikote cluster university under RUSA, of which Rs 18 crore is for this year. The sanctioned amount for this year, however, is yet to be released, sources said.
Minister said the Khallikote college campus would have WiFi facilities shortly. The government has sanctioned Rs 20 lakh to the college for the purpose. All other modern facilities such as smart classrooms and upgrade of laboratories would be made soon, minister said.
He was addressing a programme held at the college for distribution of free laptops to meritorious students, who passed Plus II in 2014, under Biju Youth Empowerment Scheme in 2013. He distributed around 150 laptops to the students.

The second campus for the 137-year-old college was necessary as the present infrastructure was not sufficient to conduct classes and other activities. The college has 18 different undergraduate and postgraduate departments with around 4,500 student strength. Moreover, around 20 acres of extra land is necessary as the autonomous college was upgraded to university. The government had notified upgrade of Khallikote autonomous college to cluster university on May 30.
The detailed project report (DPR) is being prepared for the second campus of the new university, said its officer-on-special-duty (OSD) Manmath Padhy. The estimate for the second campus would be known only after the DPR is drawn up, he said.
Besides the administrative building, plans are afoot for construction of post-graduate departments and hostels for boys and girls on the second campus, Padhy said. The new university and its constituent colleges are offering post-graduate courses in 18 subjects. "We also plan to introduce at least three more PG courses from the next year," he added.

Besides Khallikote, the cluster university consists Binayak Acharya College, Sashibhusan Rath (SBR) Government Women's College, Berhmpur, Science College, Chhatrapur and Goplapur College, Gopalpur. All of these colleges have common admission and decided to introduce common syllabus and choice-based credit system from this year, Padhy said.
-TNN | Sep 16, 2015

Govt of India has declared Govt ITI Berhampur as the largest and best ITI in the Country

Thursday, September 17, 2015

95% of total Kewda flower exported from India is collected from nearby places of Berhampur city

Many are not aware of the fact that  the ingredients of Attar, the fragrant perfume highly popular in Arab and other Muslim countries in particular and among perfume lovers across the world in general  is prepared from the essence of Kewda flower. And, 95% of the total Kewda flower exported from India is collected nearby blocks of Berhampur city in Ganjam district, Odisha, India.
Ganjam district coastline near Silk City Berhampur, especially the area in the blocks of Chatrapur, Rangeilunda, Patrapur and Chikiti, is famous for the aromatic Kewda plantations.
Attar produced from Kewda extracts is considered rare. One litre of Kewda extract is sold at a price of whooping 2.5 -5 lakhs in the market. Estimated as an annual market of 300 crores, here Kewda flower cultivation and collection is the major source of livelihood for more than 50 thousand families.

Kewda flower near (Berhampur city) in GanjamIn Gunjam, there are 197 registered Kewda essence distillation factories. Economy of Kewda is so strong and deep rooted here that two decades ago local people refused to give land for the proposed Tata steel plant in Gopalpur-on-Sea (Berhampur) .
The Kewda flower has a smooth, refreshing balsamic scent. It’s a pleasing floral scents, but not too sweet, with hints of hyacinths and honey. Kewda Attar is good for releasing creative blocks, especially for artists and writers.
One of the flowers which is dear to the Indian heart is the Kewda(Pandanus odoratissimus) It grows on a small tree or shrub which is both cultivated and grows wild in coastal areas. It can also be found in some inland districts but the flowers seem to create their most exquisite floral bouquet in certain coastal localities, the most famous being the Gopalpur-on-Sea (Berhampur), Ganjam district of Odisha, India.
The tree can reach a height of 18 feet. The densely branched plant is supported by aerial roots forming a thick impenetrable jungle. The long leaves possess prickly spines along the edges and mid-ribs making the plant tough to handle for those not use to their peculiar nature.
The male flower “spikes”(a better technical word is inflorescence  are 10-20 inches long. Along the central stalk of spike one can fine many true flowers each encased in a fragrant cream-colored spathe; a spathe being a leaf like structure enclosing a flower.

A fully mature Kewda tree produces about 30-40 flower spikes each year weighing 5-6 each ounces each!!!! -

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A view of ‪#‎Doppler Radar at Gopalpur-on-Sea, Berhampur

A Doppler Radar is specialized radar that uses the Doppler effect to produce velocity data about objects at a distance. It does this by bouncing a microwave signal off a desired target and analyzing how the object's motion has altered the frequency of the returned signal. This variation gives direct and highly accurate measurements of the radial component of a target's velocity relative to the radar. Doppler radars are used in aviation, sounding satellites, meteorology, police speed guns, radiology and healthcare (fall detection and risk assessment, nursing or clinic purpose), and bistatic radar (surface-to-air missile).

When Berhampur will get the new bus terminus??

Maa Tara Tarini Shakti Peetha

This Shakti Peetha on the Kumari hills/Purnagiri hills at the bank of the River Rushikulya near Brahmapur city in Ganjam District, 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 Peetha and Shakti Peethas in India.


Govt of India has declared Govt ITI Berhampur as the largest ITI in the Country

Govt of India has declared Govt ITI Berhampur as the largest ITI in the Country in terms of students on roll. (Noteworthy, in India there are 11183 Govt and pvt ITIs)

Here's how MKCG Medical College hospital Berhampur is lighting up lives

In its pursuit to light up lives, the Opthalmology department in Berhampur's Maharaja Krushna Chandra Medical College (MKCG) Hospital has so far conducted 380 successful eye transplants since its inception in 2006.
"We coordinate with NGOs and different organisations, create awareness among the hospital staff to inform us where ever there is a donor. Besides, we conduct public meetings to make people aware about eye donation. A not for profit organisation Friends Helping Club has helped us a lot in this regard," informs Professor Nageswar Rao Subudhi, Head of the Department of Ophthalmology of MKCG Hospital. The opthalmology department has been trying different ways to urge more and more people to donate eyes. It also organises an eye donation camp every year from August 25 for a fortnight.
"The corneas donated by senior citizens are not always suitable for transplantation. Mostly, we talk it out with family members of deceased accident victims and motivate them for donations,” explains the HOD and adds, “The donor corneas should be collected within six hours of death of a person and eye transplant should be performed ideally within 72 hours, while the transplant of the eyeballs should be peformed within 48 hours. We preserve the Cornea and eyeballs in the preservation bottles provided free of cost.”
Among the 460 cornea and eyeballs collected so far, 380 were used for transplant surgeries, however rest have been used for research purposes, informs Professor Subudhi.

#MKCGMedicalCollege, #Berhampur

Friday, September 11, 2015

Airtel 4G service reaches Odisha’a Berhampur city

India’s top telecom service provider Bharti Airtel has commercially launched its 4G services in Odisha’s Berhampur.
“As we launch Airtel 4G for our customers in Brahmapur, they will be uniquely positioned for a superlative 4G experience. We are committed to building a world class 4G network in the region,” said Ravindra Singh Negi, CEO – West Bengal and Odisha, Bharti Airtel.
Last month, the company has announced that its 4G services were available in 296 towns across India. Prior to that, Airtel had successfully conducted trials of its 4G services in select cities and leveraged feedback from customers towards strengthening its service experience.
Airtel first started its 4G services in Kolkata in April 2014. At present, its 4G services are available around 296 towns across the world.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Berhampur to get modern police control room

The Berhampur Police is set to get a modern control room. The Police Housing Corporation is spending Rs. 6 crores to establish well-equipped control rooms in four cities of Odisha, which include Cuttack, Sambalpur, Rourkela and Berhampur.
Berhampur Superintendent of Police, Sarthak Sadangi, informed, "Rs. 1.5 crores have been sanctioned for making a modern control room in Berhampur. Work will start after tender procedures are completed by the Police Housing Corporation. Communication will be much faster after the control room is developed."
The control room will be equipped with hi-tech equipment.15 telephone lines and LED screen will also be installed. The establishment of control rooms in the cities will help police curb crime rates.

Berhampur City level children's federation demanded Child friendly components in Urban development Schemes

Berhampur City level children’s federation organized its 15th federation meeting at Ganjam Kalaparishad, Berhampur on 6th September 2015. In this meeting they focused about government run development schemes. 
There are many schemes running through urban government. Both central and state governments implementing different schemes but while planning they are not focusing children as also a beneficiary. The drains are open as a result children are getting physical harm, water supply also creating hurdles for timely school going, transport system also not covered all the areas so it is time consuming as well as increasing financial expenditure, street light, children’s park, housing also creating obstacle more on mental growth. Always fearing for eviction and security putting pressure to safe and healthy living conditions. 
Berhampur City level children's federation demanded Child friendly components in Urban development Schemes
Children’s federation members get together to discuss the components like water, sanitation (garbage clearance, drainage and public toilets), housing, transport, electricity and public parks issues. In this consultation children discussed about the issues and impacts on physical and mental growth, after that came out with suggestions. They demanded Children’s helpdesk (use of ICT), Efficient delivery of children’s services (birth certificate, enrol in AWC and school etc.), Ensure children’s participation in plan, execution and monitoring, covered drain in all urban setups, Pro children smart solutions with children’s participation, Water supply three times in a day for six hours with adequate pressure, 24x7 uninterrupted electricity supply to all households, Community dust bin with segregation at source facility, Access to public transport to all slums. Public transport with children friendly components (low base steps, reservation for children, child friendly bus stop etc.), Housing with all child friendly indicators, Access to internet in all government schools, Count children as an active beneficiary and ensure children’s participation in plan, execution and monitoring. Include children and fulfil their needs and aspirations, Green neighbourhood with free from contaminated soil and polluted air and Special safety for children with community policing facilities and regular police patrolling to slums.
In this meeting near about 150 children from 27 child clubs and 30 slums participated. Noted hear that the Youth for Social Development (YSD) a local non- government organization working with children and youth on issues related to local governance and public service delivery, has facilitated children’s federation to improve the living condition of young children living in urban poverty.
Children’s federation has been actively engaged with the local and state government to improve their living condition and make Berhampur a child friendly city, since January 2013Children’s federation members Sruti Kumari Sahu, Sibani Behera, Amit Das took actively participation. From Youth for Social Development Mr. Shashikant Das, Chandan Sahoo, Abhiram Kanhar, Sujata Bisoi, Srinivas Dora and Suchitra Rout facilitated the federation members.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Odisha civil society demands heritage status for 'Gudisa Chetty Choultry' at Berhampur

Demands are on to restore the dilapidated ‘Gudisa Chetty Choultry’ in Berhampur and provide it a heritage building status as it was a key centre and meeting point of leaders in south Odisha during the freedom movement.
Former Deputy Speaker of Odisha Assembly Ram Chandra Panda, working president of Berhampur Nagarika Manch Govind Dash, president of Andhra Bhasha Bivardhani Samajam P.Satyanarayana, former Berhampur mayor S. S. Dash, former president of Arya Vaisya Sangham P. Chitty Babu have sent a joint memorandum to the Odisha Governor on the issue. According to senior citizens of the city, in the early years of the 19th Century a philanthropist of Chatrapur named Gudisa Veeraya Chetty had established a charitable trust and this ‘choultry’ or shelter home for the travellers and needy near Berhampur railway station. The founder of this establishment had also donated around 200 acres of land to the trust and the ‘choultry’ for its maintenance and provision of at least 30 free meals to the poor and needy every day.
Mr Panda said as per historians, this ‘choultry’ had links with major events of history of Odisha including formation of modern Odisha state on linguistic basis as well as the freedom movement. Key leaders of freedom movement travelling to Berhampur and south Odisha used to stay in this ‘choultry’. “Former President V. V. Giri used to organise his trade union activities from this ‘choultry’. It was also the place of political activity of former Governor and freedom fighter Biswanath Das, associates of Netaji, firebrand freedom fighters like Dibakar Patnaik and Jagannath Mishra used camp in this ‘choultry’ for their organisational activities,” said Mr Panda and Mr Babu.
They lamented that the building was now dilapidated. They also added that without approval of competent authorities a portion of this ‘choultry’ has leased out an NGO to operate a centralised kitchen for Mid Day Meal (MDM) for schools.

Now, they are demanding an independent enquiry and audit into the assets, income and expenditure of this trust. They also want the Berhampur sub-collector to be appointed the executive officer of the trust to undertake necessary renovation of the building. “We want this historic building to be declared a heritage building and a library be opened on its premises in memory of freedom fighters who used to visit it,” said Mr Panda.

Construction of Berhampur stadium is yet to be completed even after 25 years of inauguration

Construction of Berhampur stadium is yet to be completed even 25 years after its inauguration as lack of sports infrastructure continues to plague the Silk City of Odisha.
The construction of the stadium was yet to be completed as a major portion of the land is under the possession of ministry of defence (MoD).
Land measuring 17.68 acre near the old bus stand was identified for the stadium. Of this, 9.18 acre is under the MoD while the stadium is functioning on 8.50 acre.
The incomplete stadium was inaugurated by the then chief ministerJ B Patnaik in 1989.
R C Chyaupatnaik, MLA (Berhampur), said "several high-level meetings were held at the government level to resolve the problem of Berhampur stadium. We hope MoD will hand over the land for completion of the stadium as the government is ready to provide the former same area at other place", he said.

Similarly the work on the proposed weightlifting academy has not progressed at Gopalpur. "There is no major stadium to conduct sports events in the city", said Kabiraj Gouda, an athlete.
"We can't afford the ground rent to conduct sports events at Berhampur Stadium", said Kameswar Rao, secretary Ganjam District Athletic Association (GDAA). The stadium authorities are charging Rs 500 a day.
"We have urged the government to waive the ground rent, but in vain. A memorandum has also been submited to the sports minister", said Rao.
Other two stadia at Khallikote College and MKCG Medical College and Hospital belong to the respective institutes.
"We have urged the government to open coaching facility for football in the sports hostel at the stadium," said Bijay Singh Samanta, Vice-president, GDAA.
At present, facilities are in place to provide coaching in weightlifting, basketball, volleyball. In almost all districts, football coaching is provided, he said.
Berhampur had in the past thrown up several national-level footballers, Singh added.
"If the land at Berhampur stadium is made available, the proposed weightlifting academy will come up here", said district sports officer A K Patnaik.

A mini stadium would be constructed at Gopalpur, he said adding that renovation of the stadium at City High School and K C Town High School is on at a cost of Rs 50 lakh.

Agencies asked to expedite Berhampur University projects

Revenue Divisional Commissioner (south) Sanjay Singh recently reviewed the ongoing infrastructure development projects at Berhampur University (BU) here.
He asked the officials concerned to complete the work in a time-bound manner before the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) team's visit to the varsity in February next year.
Infrastructure projects worth Rs 39.36 crore are being executed by public works department and central public works department. These include academic blocks, new girls hostels, extension of library building and electrification.

"The state government has sanctioned Rs 11 crore of the Rs 22 crore for these projects. We have deposited Rs 5 crore with the executing agency," said BU vice-chancellor Deepak Kumar Behera.

Construction of Human Resources Development Centre (Rs 3 crore) and repair and renovation of administrative building, library and hostel common rooms will be taken up with Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan funds, he added.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Railway consultative committee meeting discusses proposals on station development in Berhampur

@ Multifunctional Complex coming up at Brahmapur Railway Station
@This will be the first-of-its kind of such complex in India
In the Railway consultative committee meeting held on Tuesday at Berhampur Railway Station, several proposals were discussed regarding the development of the station.
Proposals were put forth for construction of several facilities including 15 feet shed at the entrance of the station, gates at the end of the platforms for security reasons, setting up of public toilet outside the railway station and multi-functional complex. Officials also discussed measures to be taken for maintaining cleanliness and hygiene at the station. 
After hearing suggestions from the committee members, Divisional Commercial Manager of Berhampur Railway Division Lingaraj Panda said, “All the proposals will be considered as per the necessities of the passengers. More importantly, the public toilet (Pay and Use) is the first thing to be taken on priority. Secondly, we will consider the safety measures that can be taken inside the Railway Station.”
The multi-functional complex, for which approval will have to be sought from Central Railway Ministry, will have vast space for parking and shops. “This will be the first-of-its kind of such complex in India. We will soon invoke the Railway Ministry regarding this,” mentioned the Divisional Railway Manager. 
Additional Divisional Railway Manager A.K.Parida, Station Manager D.P.Brahma, Office Superintendent B.B.Nayak and other committee members were also present at the meeting.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Berhampur comprehensive development plan approved by Odisha government

The much awaited comprehensive development plan (CDP) for Berhampur development plan area has been approved by Odisha government.
Berhampur Development Authority (BDA) received a letter on Wednesday from the housing and urban development department in this regard, officials said today.
Berhampur development plan area, known as 'Greater Berhampur', comprises Berhampur Municipal Corporation, two neighbouring towns, Chhatrapur and Gopalpur and 139 villages. Greater Berhampur is spread over 320 sq km.

The CDP was prepared by the Town and Country Planning Organisation (TCPO) under Union ministry of urban development. The development authority has approved the plan after incorporating some suggestions received from public, the officials said.
Around 407 objections and suggestions were received after issue of public notice and accordingly the urban body made the rectification.
After some modifications by the Director, town planning, the CDP was approved by the government. The last development plan for the Silk City was prepared in 1969. "The new plan was prepared after an exhaustive exercise," said the development authority Chairman,Subash Moharana.
The CDP is necessary for development of any town. "The plan was prepared keeping in view Berhampur's possible growth in the next two decades," he said.
The urban body took the initiative get the CDP done in 1996, said its secretary Dipti Mohapatra. The TCPO took two- and a half months for finalising the CDP, the sources added.
Unauthorised colonies are mushrooming in the city due to lack of comprehensive master plan and inhabitants are facing problems in constructing houses. The city is also witnessing traffic congestion and shortage of drinking water.

Real estate developers are facing difficulty in getting their plans approved by the development authority, said an official. "I hope the CDP will help all the stakeholders," said Berhampur MLA .
-PTI Aug 7, 2015

Organic saris weave magic in Berhampur

Eco-friendly sari is the new fad among women, advocating the same in their fashion statement.
Reflecting this spirit is Tamil Nadu Handloom Weaver's Co-operative Society Limited aka 'Co-optex.' At the weeklong expo inaugurated on Monday in the city, Co-optex has displayed a wide range of organic cotton saris dyed using natural/vegetable colours.
"These cotton saris are intrinsically woven by traditional weavers of Negammam area in Coimbatore. These were first introduced in Tamil Nadu followed by Andhra Pradesh. The saris have now hit the Berhampur market" said senior regional manager, Co-optex, K Yuvaraj.
The cotton used for weaving the saris was cultivated without using fertilizers or pesticides. This type of cotton is dubbed 'organic' and when dyed with chemical-free natural or vegetable colours, the fabric becomes non-toxic, non-allergic and environment-friendly, he said.
"The saris have soothing colours, with an attractive border and a pallu. These are good for skin and are available in the range of Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 a sari," he added.
The photo and address of weavers are stuck to each sari. "We are targeting teenage girls, professionals and homemakers," the senior regional manager said. The Tamil Nadu government is extending 20% rebate on silk and cotton varieties.
Besides saris, other handloom products are on display at the exhibition. "These are also available at the Co-optex stores in Berhampur, Rayagada and Paralakhemundi. We hope to achieve Rs 10-lakh sale turnover during the exhibition," Yuvaraj said.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Odisha Govt fails to complete Brahmapur-Paralakhemundi road even after 30 years of work

The State Government has failed to complete construction work of 115-km Brahmapur-Paralakhemundi road even after 30 years of work starting.According to information available, currently people of Ganjam, seeking to reach Paralakhemundi (the headquarters of Gajapati district) from Brahmapur for their work, go via Ichhapuram and Palasa crossing Andhra Pradesh even though an alternative route via Taptapani-Chandragiri-R Udayagiri is available.
Significantly, the distance of the existing alternative route from Brahmapur to Paralakhemundi via Taptapani-Chandragiri-R Udayagiri is only 176 km for which most of the vehicles prefer to go via Ichhapuram and Palasa route crossing Andhra Pradesh as the distance of the route is only 120 km. But the question remains is why a native of Ganjam will have to cross Andhra for reaching Paralakhemundi which is within the geographical limit of his own State. There has been a long public demand for construction of a new road to Paralakhemundi without touching Andhra Pradesh to benefit the pubic of more than a dozen villages located in adjoining areas.
Mention may be made that keeping the convenience and public perceptions in mind, administrative approval was reportedly accorded to a Government proposal during 1983-84 for construction of a new alternative road covering a distance of 176 km from Brahmapur to Paralakhemundi via Lathi, Tamana, Chikiti, Kelua, Jarada and Tumba of Ganjam district and Jarang and Burkhat of Gajapati district, but the dream of the local public to have a road of their own is yet to become a reality.

According to sources, there is already a pucca PWD road of 54km available from Brahmapur to Jaradagada (Patrapur Block), while the construction work of only  9km road from Jarada to Tumba (Ganjam district border) at an estimated cost of Rs 10 crore is still under construction, said PWD (Division-1) Executive Engineer MRTripathy. Similarly, the construction work of the road from Paralakhemundi to Burkhut of Mahendragiri hill has been completed, sources said.
According to Executive Engineer ( RD-PKD division) Bipra Pradhan, though the construction work of only 8 km road up to Ganjam border has been completed except bitumen spreading work, the same would be completed after monsoon, and thereafter the much- awaited Paralakhemundi-Brahmapur road via Kainpur and Chikiti would take a complete shape. Pradhan, however, claimed that there is already a metal road from Burkhut (Mahendragiri hill base) to Kainpur on which four-wheeler vehicles are currently plying, though Brahmapur-Paralakhemundi buses do not use the route.
Sources said the Maoists had set up their most favorite camps in Brahmapur-Paralakhemundi forest area during the1970s for which they were reportedly opposing to the construction of a road and good communication system in that region. Till 2000, Mahendragiri and Tumba hill region was under the control of the Maoists, as a result of which none of the contractors dared to take up the work. This could be one of the reasons for delay in completion of the road work from Brahmapur to Paralakhemundi.
It may be mentioned here that, the 29km road from Paralakhemundi to Kainpur and from Burkhat to Ganjam border were divided into two parts for convenience by the RD Department in 2006 and tender process was started for the work with an assurance by the then Principal Secretary of the RD Department to render all help and security to the concerned contractors. The contractors then agreed to participate in the tender process and came forward to execute the work, sources said. But unfortunately, the construction of metal road work was reportedly completed only after 8 years. Now, the public is hopeful that, after the black-topping work of the 115 km road between Brahmapur and Paralakhemundi is completed, Paralakhemundi-bound buses can start use it. As a result, Andhara Pradesh will no longer remain as an impediment for the tribal people of Gajpati and Ganjam districts to reach Paralakhemundi.
It may be recollected here that similar tardy progress of work on 41-km Brahmapur-Taptapani road in Ganjam district irked people as the Rs 82 crore project was taken up over six years ago in 2008 under a World Bank-funded project to improve the State highway, connecting Brahmapur with Taptapani, a tourist destination. The delay had escalated the project cost to Rs 87 crore, sources said. While some attributed the delay to hurdles in land acquisition, termination of contract and floating of fresh tender, others made the Government responsible.

 - 30 July 2015 | KRUSHNA CHANDRA PANDA | The Pioneer

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Dear CM Sir, Don’t deny SMART CITY status to Berhampur

Khallikote University students in Berhampur have abundant choices to hangout with friends

One of the largest and oldest cities of the state, Berhampur offers abundant choices to college students to spend some leisurely hours after college.
Luckily for the college students in Khallikote University, malls, restaurants, multiplexes or markets are located in close proximity, where the students can go to rejuvenate themselves.
A B.Sc second year student from the Khalikote Cluster University, Minakshi Mohanty highlights that there are many shopping complexes and mid-sized malls in Berhampur like V2, My Mart, Bazar Kolkata which are quite popular among college students here. “All these places are close to my college too. We usually go for shopping after college hours with friends and it is great fun shopping with them.”
Located in the heart of town, the Arnapurna Market is another favourite hangout zone which is just half a kilometer away from the institute.
Gitanjali Panigrahi, another undergraduate student, points out that the city has both high-end and economical restaurants. “Being students, however, we prefer going to restaurants which are not very expensive,” she says. College students’ first choice happens to be Radha restaurant near the Telephone Bhawan, while the street food also happens to be their favourite.
“The Panipuri stalls near the college are also our favorite places to have chit chat with friends. The small Tiffin stalls nearby also attract huge crowds as they are very economical. One can have a good breakfast for just Rs. 20 here”, says a Post Graduation student Laxmi Priya Dora.
Hari Prasad Guru, a Computer Science student, further shares “The best thing about Berhampur is everything is in close proximity to the colleges, and we don’t have to spend much on commuting. So it is fun and economical to move around with friends. I love the Ganesh Market in Bada Bazar, where we get electronic gadgets at cheaper prices.”
Students can also be seen gathering at Khalikote College ground in evenings. “There are small cricket clubs too and we are thinking of joining one of them” confesses Samir Kumar Acharya, a B.Sc. fellow.
03 August 2015| Ronalisa Parida| Edited by: Swati Bhasin

Sunday, August 2, 2015

IIS-ER Odisha to come up at Berhampur

IISERs are a group of premier science education and research institutes in the country

The Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER) would come up in the southern city of Berhampur.
"The state government would provide 200 acres of land for IISER. Academic session would commence from 2016-17", said state minister for employment, technical education & training Sanjay Das Burma.
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley had announced the establishment of IISER in Odisha in the Budget for 2015-16.
"Today is a h istoric day for the people of Odisha since chief minister Naveen Patnaik today decided to set up IISER at the life line of southern Odisha, Berhampur in Ganjam district", Dasburma told reporters here.
"Berhampur has necessary infrastructure like road, rail and air connectivity, which is in conformity with the central guidelines. This apart, the state government is committed to provide temporary campus facility for this institute of national importance in and around Berhampur", he added.
The IISERs are a group of most premier science education and research institutes in the country. These institutions have been declared by an Act of Parliament as institutions of national importance and are intended to be the IITs of basic sciences. The institutes were created by the Government of India, through the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), under The National Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010.
Five IISERs have already come up in the country at Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal and Thiruvnanthapuram. In the 2015-16 Budget, two new IISERs were announced for Odisha and Nagaland.
- BS Reporter  |  Bhubaneswar I August 1, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Berhampur city is entitled to be included in smart city mission

Cities are on race to be included in ‘smart city mission’ recently launched by the central government. There are tough criteria set in the mission scheme; a new competitive challenge method has been adopted to select cities to sure cooperative federalism. The strategic components are city improvement (retrofitting), city renewal (redevelopment) and city extension (greenfield development) plus a pan-city initiative in which smart solutions are applied covering larger parts of the city.
The scoring process remains hard like existing service levels, institutional systems and capacities, self financing and past track record and reforms. This ambitious project will use more ICT based tools like website, mobile technology and other technological intervention in improving civic services, engage citizens from planning, implementing to monitoring, and making smart solution of pressing city challenges. There is enough scope for the urban local governments and they are empowered to make legislation and execute (74th Constitutional Amendment Act) better service delivery without waiting a centrally sponsored scheme and there are ample examples among Indian cities like Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Delhi and Chandigarh has done significant achievement in these area. It is an opportunity for all urban local governments in Odisha to ensure the criteria of the smart city mission not only to just fulfil the eligibility but really deliver services in a smart way. 
Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) is struggling hard to be eligible for the scheme. It is difficult not only for BeMC but most of the cities in Odisha to reach the score in all most all criteria like the existing service level in basic citizen services set under smart city mission. In Berhampur most of the criteria are performing consistently poor like water it has shortage of 8MLD not able to metering the water supply, sanitation condition has been very poor it has not able to manage its 4589 TDP of waste generation every day and failed to set up the ‘solid waste management plant’. Only 6.3% of the households are connected with drains without sewage collection, transmission and treatment facility. Surprisingly only 39% of the households have access to toilets and open defecation is rampant (59.5%). 26270 households living in slums have poor housing and IHSDP (755DUs in last five years) and RAY unable to provide houses to the urban poor since 2010-11. Bad road conditions, poor traffic management and unreached transport system to all wards has clearly demonstrations mobility conditions in the city. 
The city governance mechanism has also poor performance like the e-governance, e-grievance has failed to deliver services. BeMC website has not updated since its inception and no compensatory penalty system exists at all. Citizens are not consulted in planning, designing, budget making and monitoring city development programmes. On the other hand the own resource generation has persistently declining since 2010 to 2015 which clearly indicates its dependency burden on central and state government. There is no budget transparency and people are not consulted for priorities. The past performance record are very deteriorating poor utilisation of centrally sponsored grants (IHSDP and UIDSSMT), inefficient service delivery and no use of electronic method. No functioning of ward committee to scope citizen participation. There are hardly any use of ICT for service delivery, lodge complaint and citizen feedback and e-news letter published overnight on the occasion of getting eligible.
But still there are strong justifications for Berhampur to be included in smart city mission scheme because Berhampur is oldest municipality in Odisha (constituted 1867), a commercial, educational, cultural and tourist hub of south Odisha, potential place for industrial corridor (can be connected to Vizag-Chennai Industrial corridor), huge coastal area, rich of agriculture and rural artisan and government should come up to mitigate regional imbalance since decades.
Hence it has the potentially entitled to get the status of ‘smart city’ to develop as a industrial and commercial hub of Odisha. A workshop has been organised by Youth for Social Development, a NGO working on issues of governance and citizen participation, jointly with CAC and other civil society organisations here at Hotel Radha in Berhampur to present the strength and opportunities of Berhampur to be included under smart city.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari declares Gopalpur-Digha road as national highway, Rs 5,000 crore to be spent

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari declares Gopalpur-Digha road as national highway, Rs 5,000 crore to be spent
Declaring the proposed coastal road from Goplapur in Odisha to Digha in West Bengal as National Highway, Union minister for shipping, road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari today said, the detailed project report for the 500 km stretch will be ready in this year.
"About Rs 5,000 crore will be invested by the Centre for the project. I declare the 500 km road as National Highway," Gadkari said after inaugurating the NH-316 connecting Bhubaneswar and Puri.
The proposed road would help connect several upcoming ports in the state like Gopalpur, Astaranga, Paradeep, Kirtania and Chandipur. Since the state's coastline is susceptible to frequent cyclonic storms, a good coastal highway can aid in efficient rescue and relief operations in cyclone prone areas of the state, the chief minister had suggested.

Asian Development Bank to invest Rs 200 cr in the proposed state-of-the-art Skill Development Institute in Berhampur

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Berhampur rock garden to be modeled on the lines of the famous rock garden in Chandigarh!

Rourkela MLA Dilip Ray urged Railway Minister to extend the Rourkela-Bhubaneswar Rajyarani Express till Berhampur

With no direct train connectivity between Berhampur in Ganjam district and Rourkela in Sundargarh district, the commuters have to go all the way to Bhubaneswar to board the connecting trains to commute between the two cities.
Despite the fact that the two cities are among the largest and thickly populated urban areas in the State with strong socio-economic bondingamong the people, the connectivity between the two places remains poor. At present, two non-AC buses via Aska and one AC bus via Bhubaneswar are plying for those who can afford 14-16 hours of bone-breaking journey with odd departure timings.
In a reminder letter to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on June 6, Rourkela MLA Dilip Ray had urged the Ministry to extend the Rourkela-Bhubaneswar Rajyarani Express till Berhampur. Ray said the train reaches Bhubaneswar at 7.15 am and remains idle for about 16 hours before leaving the Capital City for Rourkela at 11.05 pm. There should not be any problem if the train travels another three hours to cover 166 kms from Bhubaneswar to Berhampur, he added. 
For the last few years, the demand has been raised by several organisations, but it has failed to evoke any response from the Railways.
Prakash Senapati, a native of Ganjam district and city-based businessman, said his aged mother has not visited their hometown Berhampur for the last seven years for lack of direct train.
General secretary of Rail Users' Association Amulya Baral said only one train runs as Rajyarani Express. The East Coast Railway should introduce another train by utilising the Palasa washing line for washing and maintenance, he added.
Baral said the Railway should also introduce a direct train with the name of Gajapati Express via Chakradharpur and Keonjhar to establish direct train link between Rourkela and Berhampur covering a maximum distance of 600 kms. He claimed that while laying double track between Jharsuguda and Sambalpur (48 kms) and Talcher and Cuttack (110 kms) has been completed, work is still underway between Sambalpur and Talcher (170 kms).

- Express News Service Published: 07th July 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Odisha Govt failed to identify required land for the airport in Berhampur

Minister of State for Civil Aviation informed the Rajya Sabha on 12-August-2014 that Government plans to develop 3 new airports in Odisha at Jharsuguda, Berhampur and Jeypore. The Minister stated that, "a team from Airports Authority of India inspected Jharsuguda, Berhampur and Jeypore airports and observed that the Jharsuguda (AAI airport) can be developed for operations of A-320 type of aircraftwhereas Berhampur (State Government airport) can be developed for ATR-72-500 for which additional 267 acres of land is required. Jeypore (State Government airport) can be developed for ATR-72-500 for which additional 253 acres of land is required". But, the Odisha Govt has failed to identify the required land for the airport in Berhampur and has gone in to complete silence on this issue.