CPI activists blocks Phulbani-Bhawanipatna road

Vehicular movement on Phulbani-Bhawanipatn road was disrupted as hundreds of CPI (ML) activists staged a road blockade at Urlagaji demanding fulfillment of their three demands this morning.

Their demands include withdrawal of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) from forests and compensation of Rs 20 lakh to family of each deceased of Kandhamal crossfiring incident and Rs 5 lakh to each injured.

Besides, they have demanded that the Government do away with the proposal of water reservoir at Urlagaji.

The new bus terminus will be operational by Independence Day

The much-awaited modern bus terminus here will be operational by August 15. The bus terminus, which has been developed along the NH-6 at Ainthapali, will operate on public-private partnership mode.

Deputy commissioner of Sambalpur Municipal Corporation Sudhansu Bhoi said, “Work on the bus terminus has already been completed. A Sambalpur-based private firm has been selected for the operation and maintenance of the bus terminus.”

Earlier, a bus stand was operating on 5.26 acre at Ainthapali. The bus stand did not have basic amenities putting passengers to inconvenience.
Subsequently steps were initiated to develop a modern bus terminus there. The Bhusan Power and Steel Limited, Thelkuli, was entrusted with the responsibility of developing the modern bus terminus. Work on the modern bus terminus began on the land at Ainthapali after the private bus stand, which was operating there, was shifted to a new location for a temporary period in January 2014. The terminus has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 13 crore.

Parking facilities for buses and autorickshaws, multipurpose booking counters, administrative building, kiosks, food court, solar light arrangement and many more amenities will be made available to the passengers in the modern bus terminus. Out of the 21,375 square metre area, 6,412.20 square metre is reserved for bus parking and 1,099.31 square metre for parking of autorickshaws and taxis. All the buses, including those of the OSRTC, city buses and private buses, will operate from the bus terminus.

Looted antique idol recovered in Bargarh

Police Friday recovered a 500-year-old ‘Astadhatu’ idol from under a banyan tree near Danta riverbank, 1.5 km from Kuruan in Bargarh district. The idol was looted by miscreants four days ago from Kuruan-based Maa Uma Maheswari Temple.

Scores of devotees gathered around the tree to catch a glimpse of the idol after the news spread in the area. Devotees offered prayers and rejoiced in joy playing drums after the stolen idol was recovered. Later, Bargarh Town police seized the idol and handed it back to the temple’s chief priest Satyanarayan Dehuri.

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According to reports, miscreants broke into the temple Tuesday night and looted the idol weighing 7 kg along with the donation box. Locals spotted the broken donation box Wednesday morning in a bush on the banks of Maheswari lake near the village while the idol was nowhere to be seen. The ‘Astadhatu’ idol was made of five kilogram of gold, locals said.

Police with the help of a forensic team and sniffer dogs launched a manhunt to nab the accused. Police had also detained some suspects but got no clues about the loot.
Meanwhile, a few youths of the village Friday morning noticed the idol under the banyan tree and alerted the temple priest. Investigation into the incident is on, police said.

Waste dumping site to come up on 31 acre in Sambalpur

An integrated municipal solid waste management system for Sambalpur city, which was accorded corporation status in 2014, has been proposed to be developed at Nildungri on the outskirts of the city. A 31-acre land has also been identified there for it.

Bimalendu Rai, commissioner of Sambalpur Municipal Corporation (SMC), said: “The civic body has already got the possession of the land. A consultant has also been entrusted with the task of preparing a detailed project report (DPR) of the proposed waste management system in Sambalpur.”

Officials of the consultancy firm had recently visited the proposed site for a survey. The DPR will be submitted to the government for approval, Rai added. Once it gets the government nod, the SMC will also apply for environment clearance.

Sambalpur city generates about 100 metric tonne of solid waste everyday. At present, garbage generated from Sambalpur is dumped in Durgapali. Prior to being upgraded into a corporation, Sambalpur Municipality would dump its garbage on a 26-acre stretch in Jamadarpali. However, villagers started opposing the dumping of the garbage there alleging that it was polluting the area. Subsequently, the SMC started dumping the garbage in Durgapali and was also in search of a suitable location to set up a solid waste management system for the city.

BJD-BJP spat continues over PMUY launch

THE mud-slinging between the BJD and the BJP over Sambalpur BJD MLA not being invited to the launch of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) in Sambalpur on Monday continues with the BJP firing a fresh salvo. While the BJD addressed the media launching a broadside against the BJP accusing it of disregarding federal structure and lack of knowledge about ‘political culture,’ the District BJP launched a scathing attack on the BJD over the issue.

Addressing the media late on Monday, Kuchinda BJP MLA Rabi Nayak questioned the reason behind former Sambalpur BJP MLA Jayanarayan Mishra not being invited to functions of the State Government.

He said there have been  instances when BJP MLAs were humiliated by the BJD and it is surprising that the Sambalpur BJD MLA is now finding it hard to digest the fact that she was not invited. Nayak said he himself was not invited to many functions like inauguration of IIM in Sambalpur when other BJD MLAs from the district like Rohit Pujari and Ramesh Patua were  present. He said it has been a habit of the BJD to hijack Central Government schemes  and launch it as their own initiative.

Similarly, Padampur BJP MLA Pradip Purohit said the BJD MPs from Sambalpur and Bargarh remained absent on the direction of the third floor and blame game was yet another attempt of the BJD Government to cover up its own failures. He said as there was little scope for the BJD MPs to hijack the scheme, they preferred to stay away.

But many in the District BJD are accusing the BJD MPs of frittering away an opportunity to boost the image of the State Government. Targeting Sambalpur MLA Raseswari Panigrahi, the district BJD leaders accused her of promoting factionalism in the district BJD.