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SMC planned new parks in city

Sambalpur municipal corporation has planned to develop five new parks in the city. The State Government has sanctioned Rs.1.03 crore for this development.

Municipal Engineer of SMC Basanta Padhy said the parks are being developed at Gobindtola, in front of the office of Regional Transport Office (RTO) at Sambalpur, Sriram Vihar at Burla, near Jagannath Temple and Government ITI at Hirakud.

While the park at Gobindtola is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.20 lakh over half an acre of land, the park in front of the office of RTO is being developed at an estimated cost of Rs.23 lakh over half an acre of land.

Similarly, the park at Burla is being developed at Rs.40 lakh over 1.5 acre of land while the park at Hirakud is being constructed at Rs.10 lakh over half an acre of land and the one near Government ITI will also be developed over half an acre of land at an estimated cost of Rs.10 lakh.

The SMC has planned to construct walking tracks, lawns, gardens and benches in the parks. Apart from this, playing equipment will also be installed for children.

Despite being upgraded into a city, Sambalpur lacks both entertainment and recreational spots. The few that exist are located far off and can not be ventured into on a daily basis.

Convenor of Progressive Sambalpur, Sanjit Mohanty said apart from the five parks, SMC should also work on development of the existing parks. Adequate lighting facility and security arrangement should be made in all the parks. If required, a token entry fee be charged so that there is a sense of responsibility among the people for the upkeep of the park, he added.

BDO Issued Notice on Illegal Boat Service in Hirakud

Sambalpur Sadar Sub-Collector Surendra Panda has issued a show cause notice to Dhankauda BDO Ashok Kumar Gartia over illegal operation of boats from Sonutikra ferry ghat along left dyke of Hirakud dam. The ghat was not put to auction last year.

Members of Lions Club of Sambalpur had boarded the ill-fated boat at the Sonutikra ghat and the mishap occurred while they were returning from the picnic site on the other side of the Hirakud dam reservoir on Sunday.

Sadar Sub-Collector Surendra Panda said ferry ghats should be auctioned every year. However, Sonutikra ghat was not auctioned for the last one year, which is a violation of Odisha Gram Panchayat Rules, 1968, and a show cause notice has been issued to Dhankauda BDO in this regard.

The Sub-Collector has asked the BDO to submit his explanation over the matter within seven days of receipt of the notice. As per reports, Sonutikra ghat is managed by Dhankauda Panchayat Samiti in Sambalpur district and an agreement is signed with the person, who qualifies the bid in the auction, regarding the rules and regulation of the ferry service.

The timing, condition of the boat and some other terms related to security of the passengers are mentioned in the agreement. However, the boats were ferrying from the ghat without taking any permission.

On Wednesday, police arrested one of the two boatmen Akshay Rana on the charges of rash navigation of the vessel and launched a manhunt to nab the owner of the boat Satyanand Pandey and another boatman Anjan Parua who are still at large.

Meanwhile, some of the passengers who managed to escape in the incident appreciated the role of both Akshay and Anjan and said they were innocent.

Eyewitnesses Soumya Ranjan Pradhan and his friends Manmath Kumar and Paban Khamari of Sakhipada area in Sambalpur town said the boat was filled to capacity and the boatmen had suggested the picnickers not to board the boat but they paid no heed. Soumya and his two friends are not the members of the Lions club, but had gone to the other side of the Hirakud reservoir and were returning to Sambalpur in the same boat. They said the boatmen jumped into the water in the middle of the reservoir to rescue the passengers and saved many lives.

Meanwhile, locals, ODRAF members and convenor of Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO) Ranjan Panda have demanded release of the arrested boatman and action against the culprits based on the inquiries that have been ordered.Panda also welcomed Odisha High Court’s suo motu cognizance of the matter seeking status reports from Government departments concerned within two weeks.

Corporation status for Municipality demanded

People of Sambalpur are now demanding corporation status for Sambalpur town after formation of greater Sambalpur comprising Sambalpur Municipality and NACs of Burla and Hirakud.

Intelligentsia of the town said during a visit to the district on July 9, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had said at a meeting that demand for corporation status to Sambalpur was under active consideration of the State Government.

Now, with the ULB polls in the region cancelled due to ongoing agitation by the lawyers, they demanded that the Chief Minister should make his intention clear on the matter.

They also submitted a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister reminding him about the issue through Sambalpur Collector Balwant Singh.

Earlier on February 28, the Sambalpur Development Authority (SDA) had sent a proposal to the Government over the issue. Chairman of SDA Bijay Kumar Mohanty, Chairperson of Sambalpur Municipality Kalpana Sahu and Chairperson of Burla NAC Chandrabati Naik had even jointly called on the Chief Minister in July and submitted a memorandum demanding that Sambalpur should be accorded corporation status.

But with the State Government remaining silent on the issue, people are losing their patience.

In the memorandum, it had been mentioned that besides Sambalpur Municipal limits, Burla and Hirakud NACs besides gram panchayats of Sankarma, Kainsir, Aamsada, Katapali, Gandmunda under Dhankauda block and Maneswar, Mathapali and Sindurpankh gram panchayats of Maneswar block should be merged in the proposed corporation for which a comprehensive development plan is being prepared.

Merger of the areas would take its population to 3,14,026 paving the way for the corporation tag.

Maintaining that the demand is genuine, SDA Chairman Bijay Kumar Mohanty said the proposed rural areas have also developed urban character besides being well connected. The problems of these areas are multi-dimensional and only the corporation status would help in initiating development works.

Rains lash Sambalpur

Even as rain since Saturday have thrown normal life out of gear in Sambalpur, it has brought cheer on the faces of  farmers. They are now confident of taking up agricultural works for rabi season.

However, there has not been much change in the water level of Hirakud reservoir which continues to be at 594.54 feet with 13.44 mm rain being recorded in the upstream. In the downstream, it was 64.55 mm. Around 2,200 cusecs of water was released in Bargarh main canal, 400 cusec in Sason canal, 30 cusec in Sambalpur distributary. There has been a dip in power generation from power houses under Hirakud project. Power generation of Power House I was 16.750 MW, while it was nil in Power House II on Monday.

State Pollution Control Board orders closure of Hindalco’s Hirakud plant

The State Pollution Control Board on Saturday ordered closure of the captive power plant (CPP) of Hindalco Industries Limited’s aluminium unit at Hirakud in Sambalpur district in the wake of a breach in the company’s ash pond that damaged standing crops in the locality.

“We served a closure notice on the CPP of Hindalco after the company failed to convince us about preventing ash-slurry from entering adjoining areas,” member-secretary, SPCB, Siddhanta Das said. The pollution board also directed the company to forthwith repair the breach and clean the ash from the affected areas, including Budhakata and adjoining villages.