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Monday, June 29, 2015

What's the way out now??


Stadium work remains incomplete for last 30 years in Berhampur city

Barracks Stadium in Berhampur remains out of bounds for general public for last two years. Stadium work remains incomplete for last 30 years.

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ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF IIM IN ODISHA

Congratulations to people of Sambalpur! They have succeeded in convincing the state government what people of Berhampur could not do in all these years. In the state of Odisha you won’t be heard unless your noise is the loudest. No other logic works here and the white elephants sitting in the State Secretariat give two hoots to the social tension and regional sentiments that such decisions generate. Berhampur’s case can only be compared with a situation of "Darkness Under the Lamps". 
If the CM of the State represents you and he is not convinced about your eligibility and potentials- then whom do you complain? It is as if Berhampur city known for its entrepreneurial culture is wasting its energy and efforts in trying to convince the useless leadership ruling Odisha with no vision and sense of purpose, for whom central Institutes are like real-estate projects meant for decoration purpose and their social and economic implications matter too little for them. But, we shall keep trying our best!
(Ram Prasad Tripathy)


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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Tenant information system to be introduced in Berhampur

In a bid to curb crime, particularly narcotics related offences, police have decided to introduce the tenant information system in this Silk City in south Odisha, a police offical said.
The decision was taken after they seized huge quantities of ganja from residential areas recently while some tenants are suspects in a double murder case of last month.
At the next meeting of community policing system, the issue would be discussed and dedicated police personnel entrusted with the job of collecting detailed information from house owners about tenants, SP (Ganjam) Sarthak Sarangi said today.
"We will develop a system for the purpose and appeal to the house-owners to cooperate with us," he said.
The 'aam' police system (community policing) was introduced in the city in December last year and covers all 40 wards of Berhampur Municipal Corporation.
Forty beat constables are assigned jobs to maintain public rapport.
While on June 3, the sleuths of Narcotics Control Bureau seized 1,712-kg ganja from a house at Suraj Bihar, Berhampur Sadar police seized 75-kg contraband from an apartment at Nilanchal Nagar.

Lost dream gives wings to many in Berhampur, Odisha

In 1980, financial crisis robbed Sudhir Rout of the chance to take the pre-university exam and qualify for the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) entrance test.

Even though his was dashed, at 52, Rout is paving the path for others to achieve their dream. Rout’s Aryabhatta Coaching Centre at Courtpeta here has been successfully training needy IIT and medical aspirants free of cost for the last eight years. The centre has helped more than 50 needy students clear the coveted tests.
Thanks to Rout, Sunil Bishoyi, son of a tea stall owner, is now doing his MTech from IIT Kharagpur, while engineer Siba Shankar Sethi, son of a poor farmer, is employed with a big company.
A rickshaw puller’s son Goutam Naik is thankful to Rout for fulfilling his dream to study engineering. Similarly, Maheswar Sethi, son of a fire brigade officer is a third-year MBBS student at AIIMS, Bhubaneswar.
Sunil Bishoyi’s father Ramakanta said: “I never thought that my son would do so well. When Sunil passed Plus Two securing 70 per cent marks without any coaching or guidance I thought of asking him to help me with my tea stall business, but Sudhir babu appeared like an angel to help my son.”
Siba Shankar’s father Daktar Sethi, a farmer from the district’s Dhepaantara village, thanked Rout for changing his son’s life.
As Rout continues to fire the dreams of others, many like medical aspirant and son of a daily wage earner Balaram Das, 18, hopes to become a doctor and help his family earn a decent living.
As commercial centres charge no less than Rs 54,000 to train engineering and medical aspirants, Rout offers it free for the benefit of needy students.
“ I have adopted this system of free coaching for poor students since 2006. I had started with 60 students and it has crossed 400. I admit five to six poor students in every batch for free coaching. It gives me immense pleasure when they emerge successful,” said Rout.
He said that poor students suffer from inferiority complex and were often hesitant to sit with affluent students in the classroom. But he counsels them to concentrate solely on studies.
He also offers them financial assistance apart from lodging facilities and study material. A native of Madhabandha village under Chikiti block in Ganjam district, 25km from Berhampur, Rout did his MSc in Physics from Khallikote College in 1985 and became a faculty member of FIIT-JEE, New Delhi from 1999 to 2002. He also worked as a principal at Nalanda Residential College, Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh from 2002 to 2006 before launching Aryabhatta Coaching Centre.
“I had a dream to study in the IIT during my college days. The entrance examination fee for IIT was Rs 25 and the minimum qualification was pre-university. But I was unable to arrange the money,” said Rout.
Rout’s other passion is to plant trees and he has spent Rs 5 lakh to sprout greenery in Berhampur, Jagadalpur and Chikiti.
“My wife Shakuntala Devi and my two children give me moral support,” he said. Shakuntala even quit her schoolteacher’s job and says is “happy supporting my husband in his noble mission”.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Odisha Government proposes Greenfield commercial airport at Berhampur


Govt plans to upgrade 3 airstrips
To boost air connectivity in the state, the state government is planning to convert three airstrips into commercial airports. The airstrips are Jeypore in Koraput district, Rangailunda near Berhampur and Raisuan near Keonjhar. The state government would soon send a proposal to the Centre in this regard, official sources said.
The issue was discussed at the all secretaries meet chaired by chief secretary G C Pati here. The state government has agreed to provide required infrastructure to upgrade the airstrips.
Through Odisha has 17 airstrips, so far only the Biju Patnaik International Airport is in an operational stage. As the existing Rangailunda airstrip near Berhampur is not viable for expansion, the state government has identified over 500 acre at a new location on Berhampur-Gopalpur road in Kanisi tehsil of Ganjam district.
"To start commercial operation, we need to expand the airstrips. The existing location could not be expanded as it is surrounded by the campus of Berhampur University. An Airports Authority of India (AAI) team has already visited the new site," said a GA department officer.
The state has proposed to extend the length of Jeypore airstrip to 6,500 ft from the existing 3,000 ft. For safety and security of airports, the boundary walls would also be constructed. "The district administration has identified over 450 acre for expansion of the airstrip. Keeping in mind the existence of a PSU and business establishments, the AAI has already conducted the pre-feasibility report," the officer said.
-TNN | Jun 4, 2015

East Coast Railways updates facilities at Berhampur Railway Station for passenger convenience


The passengers at the Berhampur Railway Station can now get sleeper class tickets from the general counters for travelling within the periphery of 200 kilometres. However, they have to pay little more than the price of the general tickets.
Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM) of Khorda Division Subhendu Kumar Choudhary made the announcement about the new facility in a press conference held at the Berhampur Railway Station on Wednesday.
Besides he also informed about other developmental plans of the East Coast Railway for convenience of the passengers at different Railway Stations of Ganjam district.
In addition, passengers who want to travel in the sleeper class beyond 200 km can book the ticket before three days of travel. Besides, passengers can get 5 percent discount if they use the Automatic Ticket Vending Machine (ATVM) for booking the tickets for distance within the periphery of 150 kms.

“The ATVM was introduced in the Berhampur railway station few years ago. But it is not being used by the passengers. We request the passengers to use ATVMs. It is very easy to use, one can make a Smart Card by paying Rs 70 at the General Counter. After recharging the card, one can get tickets from the ATVM without standing in the queue,” informed Choudhary.
The East Coast Railway has some new developmental plans too. It includes provision of platform shelter and ramp for disabled passengers in Chatrapur Railway Station, raising of platforms to high level in Khallikote, platform shelters at Chilika, Ganjam, Golnthara, Humma and Jagannathpur Railway stations.
Addressing the media, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager H. L. Luang stated, “Close Circuit cameras will be installed soon in the ‘A’ category railway stations. At present Berhampur Railway Station comes under the A category with a passenger revenue of 48.30 Crore per annum. We hope to take it to the A1 category soon.”

 Wednesday, 03 June 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

Which of the following you think is the most suitable day to be celebrated every year as “Berhampur Day”?

Friends, we are seeking the opinion of netizens from Berhampur on their preferred day which all of us can celebrate as “Berhampur Day” every year – a notional birthday for our city. This day will help us reflect on the history and culture of this lovely city, recall the immense contributions made by Berhampurians in the past and recognize the young talent of Berhampur which has earned a name for itself in India and beyond. So, why wait for the Government to recognize the history and culture of our city? If they recognize it and celebrate the day on their own then it is always welcome. But, to begin with we can do this by selecting the particular day that we can call the “Berhampur Day”. May be in the years to come this day can become an occasion for Berhampurians from across the globe to assemble on that particular day and spare some time for their place of birth that will inspire the present generation to take this legacy forward. The challenge however lies in selecting a day which most would associate with the city and its culture. Though the origin of Berhampur city dates back to the 16th Century (historians suggest that Nrusingha Chaturdasi was the day) and the city has completed 400 years of its existence but we cannot be sure about the particular day in the English calendar when a sleepy Brahmapalli transformed into Berhampur or Brahmapur of today that millions recognize as a city of the future. Your opinion on this is most welcome.
(Please forward this to you friends so that we can take the opinion of maximum number of Berhampurians to select this very important day)
Which of the following you think is the most suitable day to be celebrated every year as “Berhampur Day”?
A) Nrusingha Janma day (April-May). Brahmapalli or present Berhmpur came into prominence around 400 years ago (Birthday of Lord Nrusingha is observed on Baisakha Sukla Chaturdasi i.e. the 14th day of the bright fortnight of Baisakha).
B) 29th March (Mahatma Gandhi reached Berhampur on this day in 1921. This is also the day on which Tribal leader of South Odisha and Great Freedom fighter Saheed Laxman Nayak laid his life and he was hanged at Berhampur Central Jail in 1943).
C) 11th April (The annual conference of the Ganjam Jatiya Samiti was held at Utkal Ashram in Berhampur on April 11, 1903 leading to the birth of Utkal Sammilani. This conference laid the foundation of the formation of modern Odisha state. The month of April is also the time of the year when Berhampur comes alive for the biennial Thakurani yatra and the annual Danda Yatra).
D) 29th December (Berhampur became a Municipal Corporation on this day in 2008)
E) Any other day (with justification)

Friday, May 29, 2015

DEMAND FOR ANKULI PASSENGER HALT (BRAHMAPUR) RESURFACES

Residents of Ankuli industrial area in the city under a banner of the Silpanchal Passenger Halt Sangram Samiti (SPHSS) has decided to stage rail roko on June 2 demanding functioning of a passenger halt at Ankuli.
The decision was taken by the Samiti at a meeting held on Wednesday evening. In the meeting, most of the members expressed grave concern over the apathetic attitude of the Railways and its senior officials for setting up of the passenger halt.
Samiti members including Brahmapur Municipal Corporation (BMC) Deputy Mayor Jyotsna Nayak, SPHSS president Panchanan Choudhury, convener Umacharan Nayak, secretary Abani Gaya and spokesperson Brundaban Sabat said they have requested several important persons starting from Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC), Brahmapur to the Railway Minister, but nothing happened till date.
“It is our longstanding demand since 1998, but the railway is not taking any steps to fulfill our demands,” said Choudhury, adding, “If the railway doesn’t take any concrete steps to set up the passenger halt, we will stage rail rok on June 2.”

GANJAM FORUM HOLDS DRIVE FOR IIM AT BRAHMAPUR

To strengthen the demand for setting up of the proposed IIM Odisha at Brahmapur and to create public awareness on the apathetic attitude of the State Government towards the silk city, the Forum for Ganjam held a drive here on Tuesday. Forum members distributed pamphlets and leaflets among the public at important places like Khallikote Collage, Girja Square, Ramalingam Tank Road, Gandhinagar, Komapalli. The pamphlets displayed information on how Brahmapur has been neglected.

The forum members alleged that ignoring the demand to set up the proposed IIM at Brahmapur, the State Government is contemplating to have the institute in Sambalpur or in Bhubaneswar. Form coordinator Sidhir Sahoo and members J Suresh, Rajendra Panda and Rabi Kumar, among others, joined the awareness drive.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Pic-Speak: Berhampur's bustling stretch remains deserted due to soaring heat




 By Ronalisa Parida, 20 May 2015
 A cyclist on the College Road
Berhampur roads remained deserted on Wednesday afternoon due to soaring temperatures. With the maximum temperature shooting up to 40 degree Celsius, people preferred to stay indoors. A busy stretch in the city - College road, near Khallikote College, also witnessed very less movement of traffic due to rising mercury.

"I generally avoid movin out in the heat. But today I had to vnture out in the burning sun due to some urgent work," a commuter told Iamin.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Repay Ganjam’s love: Berhampur IIM forum to CM

The Forum for IIM at Brahmapur on Saturday urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to pay back love of Ganjam people for him by recommending Brahmapur or any other place in Ganjam district for establishment of the proposed IIM Odisha.
Forum chairman Dr Pramod Kumar Sahu stated this in a letter sent to Patnaik. He mentioned the HRD Ministry has in a missive informed the forum that the location for the proposed IIM was yet to be finalized and they are in consultation with the State Government for the purpose.
“Ganjam have created history by giving all MLAs and MPs to your party. Unfortunately, the district has remained worst sufferer of gross negligence. A great district of the past is being pushed into oblivion. The people of the district have great hope in you,” Dr Sahu said, adding, “Therefore the people request you to suggest Brahmapur or any place of Ganjam for establishment of the proposed IIM to pay back their love.”

World Bank stresses early completion of Brahmapur-Taptapani Road


Expressing concern over the delay in construction of the 41-km Brahmapur-Taptapani Road in Ganjam district, an expert team from the World Bank has emphasised on early completion of the project.
The team reviewed progress of the work on Saturday. The experts might discuss the bottlenecks in the project with Chief Secretary GC Pati, said a senior engineer of the project.
Notably, the Rs82-crore project funded by the World Bank’s State Road Project was to be completed in November 2010. The road work, which began in November 2008, aimed at improving the State highway, connecting south Odisha’s business city Brahmapur with tourist spot Taptapani.
The delay has escalated the project cost to Rs87 crore, official sources said.
According to Executive Engineer of the project AK Das, around 30 km of the stretch has been completed. The project was held up due to delay in land acquisition, shifting of electric poles and pipelines and payment of compensation to land losers, he added.
Out of the total 31 villages, land of 28 villages had been acquired. It could not be completed at Digapahandi, Lanjia and Gokarnapur due to some disputes, sources said.
Though the contractor has been asked to complete the road work by June, sources said, he expressed his inability and sought time till December. 

Rock Garden to be set up in Berhampur city (Odisha)

Tourists visiting Odisha will soon have a new destination - a Rock Garden - in line with the one at Chandigarh. The proposed rock garden is to come up in Ambapua locality here and will require about Rs 7 crore, officials said here.
The state government has already sanctioned Rs 50 lakh for carrying out preliminary work on the proposed project which would be executed by Berhampur Development Authority (BDA).

Secretary of BDA Dipti Mohapatra said a Delhi-based architectural firm had designed the park and the same was presented before Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
"We have prepared a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the proposed rock garden. It will be submitted to the government soon for approval", Mohapatra said.
About two acres of land have already been identified for the purpose and efforts are on to acquire more adjoining land to add more features in the proposed garden, she said.
Giving an outline of the proposed project, she said as the name suggest, almost all artefacts in the garden would be made of rock and sculptures carved out of stone. The garden would be illuminated by solar energy, water to be stored through rain water harvesting structure besides other amusement facilities.
While stone carvers from different parts of Odisha and outside are likely to be engaged for the purpose, reputed designers will be consulted to make it more attractive, they said. "Our aim is to make the garden an attractive place for visitors, nature lovers, youngsters and children", Mohapatra said.

Press Trust of India | May 17, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Naveen lays foundation stone for Sankara Eye Hospital, Khallikote Cluster University, BU Satellite Campus & several projects for Berhampur University at Berhampur


Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on 29 April, 2015 laid the foundation stones for Tata Steel funded 100-beded Super Specialty ‘Sankara Eye Hospital’ and an ITI by NTPC at Hinjili near Berhampur city in Ganjam district.
The MoU with NTPC for seetting up the ITI at Bhusanda, near Berhampur city was signed by the government recently. “It will be a world class ITI and every year, around 200 skilled students will pass from this institute,” chief minister said at a public meeting at Sheragada.
The proposed ITI will be constructed at a cost of Rs 7.72 crore. It will have civil work for workshop, academic building, a hostel building as well as plant and machineries. It will also have advanced vocational training facilities in manufacturing, automobile, electrical and others to cater the high-end finishing skill training, officials said.
 
The 100-beded super specialty Sankara Eye care Hospital to be built on 4.5 acres of land, will be run by Tamil Nadu-based Sankara Eye Hospital and offer modern eye care services to the people of Odisha and Eastern India.
Chief minister handed over a cheque of Rs 6.7 crore to Sankara Eye Hospital authorities, as a part of the grant of Tata Steel for construction of the hospital.
In January 2015, a grant agreement was signed between Tata Steel and Sankara Eye Hospital to extend of financial support as a grant up to Rs 42.3 crore for the construction of the hospital and the required infrastructure, sources in the steel major said. Tata Steel had earlier provided Rs 3 crore for the purpose.
The hospital will have facilities like comprehensive eye care, investigations and outpatient treatment, low vision and contact lens clinics, special clinic for children, day care options like same day surgeries and glaucoma services among others.
Tata Steel is also setting up a 500 beded multi- specialty hospitals at Sitalapali near Berhampur city.
Patnaik also laid the foundation stones for eight different projects for Berhampur University, including its satellite campus at Rayagada and first Khallikote cluster university at Berhampur.
The cluster university would come up by upgrading the 137-year old Khallikote autonomous college, Berhampur under Rashtriya Uttachatara Sikshya Abiyana (RUSA, a centrally sponsored programme.

Noteworthy, Berhampur university will celebrate its golden jubilee next year and therefore, the government has sanctioned Rs 23 crore for the first phase work of the institution, officials said.

Khallikote Autonomous College to become first Cluster University of Odisha


Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on 29 April, 2015 laid the foundation stone to upgrade 137-year-old Khallikote Autonomous College of Berhampur to become first Cluster University of the State.
During his whirlwind trip by helicopter to his home district Ganjam on 29 April, the CM took part in a series of foundation stone laying ceremonies. It included a proposed 100-bed super-speciality eye care hospital at Samarjhola in Hinjli Assembly segment represented by Mr Patnaik. This eye hospital would be managed by Sankar Eye Hospital of Tamil Nadu. Tata Steel has proposed to invest Rs.42.3 crore on this project.

Mr. Patnaik also laid foundation stone for an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at Shergarh, again in his Assembly segment. This ITI is proposed to be established at Bhusanda of Shergarh block with support of the NTPC that has signed a MoU with the Odisha government to make capital expenditure of Rs.7.72 crore for this project.
At the Berhampur University campus, Mr Patnaik laid foundation stone for Khallikote cluster university as well as for the satellite campus of Berhampur University in Rayagada. The proposed Khallikote Cluster University would include the Khallikote Autonomous College and four other colleges including S. D. Women’s College and Binayak Acharya College in Berhampur, and government colleges at Chhatrapur and Gopalpur. It is envisioned that this first cluster university of Odisha would start operating from current academic session. Funds to upgrade this heritage autonomous college to a cluster university would be provided under the Rashtriya Uchachatara Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA).
According to sources Rs.18 crore have already been sanctioned this year for Khallikote Cluster University project. Apart from its existing campus in Berhampur, the administration has already identified 20 acres of extra land for the cluster university on the outskirts of the city.
Mr Patnaik was the chief guest of the students’ union function at Berhampur University. He urged the students to work hard and declared that around Rs.60 crore is to be spent on infrastructure development of the university. Naveen Patnaik laid foundation stones of many projects in his home district

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).