Nature has made the Rushikulya rookery coast in Ganjam district of Odisha conducive to mass nesting of Olive Ridleys, which is expected to occur by last week of February.
The Rushikulya rookery coast is a major mass nesting site of the endangered marine turtles. No mass nesting occurred here last year, although lakhs of Olive Ridleys had gathered in the sea near the coast. At present mating has started. Hopes are high that in the coming nesting season, the turtles will arrive to lay eggs at the Rushikulya rookery coast.
Some positive changes at the coastline have made the beach more favourable for mass nesting in comparison to past years. These are shifting of the Rushikulya river mouth, erosion and vanishing of a large sandbar and widening of sandy beach through deposition, said Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Ashis Behera.
During the past few months, the river mouth has shifted around three kilometres towards Purunabandha from near Gokharkuda village. Due to this, a stretch of over three kms, about 300 to 500 metres wide, has emerged. Sand is loose in this region, which is favourable for nesting as the mother turtles dig it up to lay their eggs. Earlier this stretch of beach was eroded by the sea and was too narrow for mass nesting.
Sea erosion and its deposition had formed a large sandbar of over 1.5 km long and 10 to 20 metre wide near Gokharkuda. This was preventing the turtles from reaching the coast and they were nesting on this sand bar. Several nests were washed away by the waves from here. The erosion had started in 2016 beginning. “Now this sand bar has completely vanished and its sand is deposited on the coast, widening it. Now the turtles would be able to reach the beach directly and easily,” said Mr Behera.
To protect the mating turtles, a special squad of officials from the Forest and Marine Fishery Departments has started patrolling the sea near the coast. The squad has two speed boats from the Forest Department, one trawler each from the Fisheries Department and Gopalpur port. Nine on-shore camps have been established by the Forest Ddepartment on the coast where the turtles usually come to nest near the rookery. Beach cleaning process has also started.
Some positive changes here have made the beach more favourable for mass nesting
Odisha Government announced the merger of 26 villages with Berhampur municipal body at the time of formation of the Municipal Corporation in 2008.
Almost 8 years have passed and there is no movement on this promise to form Greater Berhampur that will add a population of 2.5 lakh to the city’s existing population making it the second biggest city in Odisha by 2021.
It is unfortunate that this vast population who live in the city periphery still belong to the adjoining Panchyats as the municipal boundaries of Berhampur have not been redrawn in the last 3 decades. Adding salt to the injury, the government is preparing to hold panchayat elections in these villages Jan-Feb 2017 blocking their merger with Berhampur before the 2021 census.
While there is growing demand for the merger of Chatrapur, Gopalpur and Hinjilicut along with 139 villages under BDA to form Greater Berhampur Municipal Corporation (GBMC) the Govt seems least bothered to ensure planned growth of the city.
As an immediate measure, Panchayat elections proposed for Jan-Feb 2017 must be stopped in these Panchayats and the road for their early merger with Berhampur Municipal Corporation must be initiated.
Kota Harinarayana, the programme director and chief designer of India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, was accorded a civic reception in his hometown Berhampur in Odisha on Sunday.
It was the first visit of Mr. Harinarayana to his home in Berhampur after Tejas got inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF). His childhood, schooling and college life was in Berhampur. The civic reception in his honour had been jointly organised by former students’ association of City High School of Berhampur, where Mr. Harinarayana had studied, civic organisation Forum for Ganjam and Rotary Club of Behampur. Mr. Harinarayana along with his wife K. Nirmala attended the function. Some teachers of Mr. Harinarayana like M. Jagannath Rao were present on the occasion apart from local MLA Ramesh Chandra Chyaupatnaik, chairperson of Berhampur Development Authority Subash Moharana sub-collector and other dignitaries of the city.
Addressing the gathering Mr. Harinarayana said Indians living anywhere in the country including Berhampur should discard inferiority complex from their minds as they can achieve anything with proper perseverance. According to him Tejas was an example of this.
He reiterated that indigenous Tejas was at par or better than aircrafts of its category produced in any developed country. “It would be able to replace old fighter aircrafts of the country like the MIG”, he added. He hoped that in future light passenger aircrafts would enhance communication link in India.
Mr. Harinarayana is also linked with hopes, aspirations and demands of his home town Berhampur. He informed that he is approaching all relevant authorities to upgrade the Rangeilunda airstrip near Berhampur to a full fledged airport.
He felt if this 1850 m long air strip is extended to at least 2250 m length then cargo planes would be able to land on it. It would be a great adage to the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) coming up near Gopalpur port in Ganjam district. He called upon people of south Odisha to come together to form an integrated developmental plan, in which both public and private authorities would be given equal and proper importance.-The Hindu, BERHAMPUR, August 22, 2016
South Odisha loses its most powerful voice and a worthy Son of the Soil with the passing away of Prof. Prahallad Panda on 02nd August, 2016 in Berhampur. Prof. Panda was an extraordinary academic, writer, author, columnist and a communicator par-excellence who single-handedly fought for backward Southern Odisha region.
After completing Ph.D in Economics from the Berhampur University, Prof. Panda was into teaching for many years till he retired in 1998. Besides producing a number of meritorious students, he has written many books on economics and about 300 essays on culture and nationalism in Odia.
Berhampur city was very close to his heart. He was the editor of Kalinga Barta and was also associated with many organizations of Berhampur and South Odisha. His demise has created a vacuum in South Odisha.
Now it’s the duty of his family members, organizations and other supporters to carry on his relentless struggle for development of South Odisha and to keep his memories alive for future generations.
Warm greetings to all proud Indians on the occasion of 70th Independence day of India
Berhampur city in news during the Freedom struggle of India
1921: March'30th & 31st- Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi visited Berhampur and addressed a gathering for Non-cooperation movement at the historic Barracks ground in the city.
1927: Mahatma Gandhi visited Berhampur for a 2nd time and other towns of Ganjam like Aska, Bhanjanagar, Kodala, Kabisuryanagar, Polasara, Khallikote and Rambha.
1930: Udagye mandir formed at Berhampur by freedom fighters under the supervision of Banchhanidhi Patnaik & Ramalingam Sarala Devi. Freedom fighters Sashi Bhusan Rath, Iswar Sahu, Harihara Patnaik, Banamali Maharara were arrested.
1930: Salt Non-Co-operation movement at Humma and Ganjam. Smt. Sarala Devi, Niranjan Patnaik, Debakar Patnaik, Radhakrishna Biswasray were arrested by British Govt.
1931: First round Table conference at Londan, Maharaja Krishna Chandra Gajapati of Parala represented.
1935: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose visited Berhampur during the freedom movement and addressed a massive gathering at the historic Barracks ground in the city
1935: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru visited Berhampur
1943: March'29th- The Tribal leader of South Odisha and Great Freedom fighter Saheed Laxman Nayak was hanged at Berhampur Circle Jail.
1946: January’20th - Gandhiji for the last time visited Berhampur and addressed people at historic Barracks ground.
The nation and his hometown Berhampur pay tributes to Bharat Ratna Shri V.V. Giri on his birth anniversary today.
Varahagiri Venkata Giri (10 August 1894 – 23 June 1980), known as V. V. Giri, was the fourth President of the Republic of India. Born in Berhampur city of Odisha, Giri completed his education at Khallikote College, Berhampur and University College, Dublin, Ireland in 1916. Appointed India's High Commissioner to Ceylon in 1947, Giri became a Member of Parliament in 1951 and served as Union Minister for Labour under Prime Minister Nehru during 1952-1954. Having served as Governor of the states of Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Mysore between 1957 and 1967, he was elected Vice President of India in 1967. Following the death of President Zakir Hussain, Giri also served as Acting President of India from 3 May 1969 to 20 July 1969. In the Presidential election of 1969, he won as an independent candidate defeating Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, the nominee of the ruling Congress Party. V.V. Giri received India's highest civilian decoration, the Bharat Ratna, in 1975.