Berhampur News


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

Khallikote Cluster University (KCU) in Berhampur becomes a reality. Development of the new University must go beyond signboard

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.

For Berhampur people Sidhanta Mahapatra is not a hero ......................

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.



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)


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


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.”


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.