Bargarh farmers stage blockade for better deal

A Day after farmers from Western Odisha staged a demonstration in front of the office of RDC (North) at Sambalpur protesting indifferent attitude of the State Government, hundreds of farmers from Bargarh block under the banner of Bargarh Anchalika Chasi Sangathan blocked the NH-6 at Chakarkend for four hours on Friday demanding a better deal from the Government.

They also submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik through Bargarh Tehsildar Jyoti Prakash Mohapatra over their long-pending demands. The blockade was called off after Mohapatra assured the protestors to take up their demands with the authorities concerned.

The road blockade brought traffic on the busy NH connecting Kolkata and Mumbai to a grinding halt while commercial and heavy vehicles were stranded on either side of the blockade. Movement of traffic between Bargarh and Sohela was also affected.

In the memorandum, farmers claimed that they are yet to get insurance amount against crop loss of last kharif season despite paying premium. Similarly, the State Government is yet to disburse the drought assistance of `100 per quintal of paddy as declared by the Chief Minister, they said.

Admitting that the farmers of the block have received the promised input subsidy, they said there is no sight of crop bonus yet. Although a survey was undertaken to assess the loss jointly by Agriculture, Co-operative and Revenue departments, they are yet to get their insurance against crop loss, the farmers alleged.

Apprehending a repeat situation with scanty rainfall reported in the district, they requested the Chief Minister to expedite payment of insurance and identify drought-hit areas to facilitate payment of financial assistance to farmers. Terming the demands as ‘genuine’, they have urged the State Government to take immediate steps to save farmers and farming.

Sambalpur University +3 2nd year exam 2016 Results declared

The Sambalpur University has declared the result of +3 Second year University examination result of Arts/ Science/Commerce.

Student can check their results on the official websites – suniv.ac.in and orissaresults.nic.in.

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Visit the  http://orissaresults.nic.in/sbp2nd16in.htm

Enter your roll number and submit it

Work on Sambalpur bridge yet to begin

Eight months since the tender for the construction of a bridge over the Mahanadi to connect River Island, Kud Gunderpur in Dhankauda block of Sambalpur district was finalized, work on the project is yet to start. Frustrated with the delay, locals of Kud Gunderpur gram panchayat are now planning to launch an agitation. The reason for the delay is that the Public Works Department (PWD), which is supposed to execute the work, is still to enter into an agreement with the construction firm, shortlisted to carry out the work.

A Chhattisgarh-based construction firm had been shortlisted to build the 450-metre bridge, which when complete will connect Kud Gunderpur, located 35 km from here and a patch of land on the Mahanadi, with village Tulundi.

One has to take a boat to reach Kud Gunderpur gram panchayat, which comprises six villages – Kud Gunderpur, Kud Tabda, Kud Jampali, Kud Amlipali, Kud Mahada and Kud Patakhai.

“We do not have any option but to resort to agitation now,” president of Kud Gunderpur Sangram Samiti, Soumitri Padhee, said.

When contacted, the sub-divisional officer (SDO) of PWD, Bankim Panda said: “The estimated budget for the bridge’s construction is Rs 32 crore. The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has agreed to provide the fund. We have already sent the estimate to NABARD for approval. We will enter into an agreement with the shortlisted construction firm as soon as NABARD releases funds.”

1,800 metre Mahanadi embankment to prevent flooding in Sambalpur

The proposed embankment along river Mahanadi is likely to come up soon as National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has agreed to provide funds for the project. It will be constructed from Ring Road near Nelson Mandela Chowk to the confluence point of Haradjoar and river Mahanadi near Shankar Mutt.

Executive Engineer of Water Resources Department, Sambalpur, Sushil Kumar Behera said NABARD has approved the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the proposed embankment and agreed to allocate requisite fund for the project recently.

He also said some private land will be acquired for construction of the embankment and the land acquisition process will begin soon. The tendering process for the embankment will begin after completion of the land acquisition, Behera added.

The 1,800-metre embankment will prevent water-logging during monsoon. The embankment will prevent the backwater of river Mahanadi from flowing into the city. The detailed project report (DPR) of the embankment has already received green signal by the Technical Advisory Committee of the Water Resources Department to be executed at an estimated cost of `38 crore. The DPR was sent to NABARD for funding recently.

Haradjoar Nullah, which is a tributary of river Mahanadi, and Dhobijoar Nullah, that passes through the city carrying sewage, merge with Mahanadi between Binakhandi and Phaskuda. During monsoon, polluted water of both the nullahs and Mahanadi swell and flows back into the nullahs through the discharge points. The embankment will ensure that water from the nullahs flows into the river downstream near Shankar Mutt instead of the two points at Binakhandi and Shankar Mutt. This will solve the problem of backwater entering the city. Besides, the two permanent water pumping stations commissioned at Binakhandi and Balibandha areas by Odisha Construction Corporation, coupled with the proposed embankment, will provide a permanent solution to water-logging in the city.

Beautification of 16th century Shiva Mandir begins

mandhata-siva-mandirA new look is in the offing for the 16th century temple of Lord Shiva, Mandhata temple, at Maneswar in the city. Municipal engineer, Basanta Kumar Padhy said desiltation of the water body and construction of an inner protection wall has been completed at the cost of `18 lakh. A decision has been taken to construct a pathway surrounding the water body, develop a lawn and construct cemented chairs on the bank. Some other beautification works will also be carried out. “Our work will gain pace after the rainy season,” he said. A total of 54 turtles, which were in the water body, have been taken out from the pond to facilitate the renovation and beautification. The civic body has built a small tank as a temporary home for the turtles till the completion o f the wat erbody ’ s beautification.

The temple at Maneswar, which was built by the first king of Sambalpur, Balaramdev, in the 16th century, is one of the most famous Shiv temples of the region. Historians said in the undivided district of Sambalpur, a large number of Shiva temples were built during the Chauhan rule. The most important among them are the Asta Sambhu Pithas. Mandhata temple in Maneswar is one of the eight Asta Sambhu Pithas. Murali Pujari, a priest of the temple, hoped that after completion of beautification works, the number of visitors will increase.