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UDAN flights from Jharsuguda from February 2018

The Odisha government will start regional flight operations from Jharsuguda airport under Centre’s UDAN scheme in the first week of February 2018, officials said today.

Chief Secretary A P Padhi informed the reporters after discussing the matter at a state-level coordination and monitoring committee meeting at Secretariat.

“The flight from Jharsuguda is scheduled to take off during first week of February, 2018,” a government release said, adding the flight will connect Jharsuguda with Raipur and Jagdalpur.

Four airstrips in Odisha and the Biju Patnaik International airport have been selected in phase-I for implementing the UDAN scheme.

The airstrips are Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Utkela in Kalahandi and Jeypore in Koraput districts. Jharsuguda has been upgraded to an airport from an airstrip.

Infrastructure of the airstrip at Rourkela is now ready for flights under UDAN scheme, the release added.

He also directed to make Utkela and Jeypore strips ready by March, 2018 so that the UDAN scheme could be implemented at the earliest, the release said.

The Director General of Police R P Sharma said around 135 police and 27 fire personnel have already been trained to provide security and fire services in the regional airports.

The Biju Patnaik International Airport will serve as the mentor airport for the scheme.

“The flight operator company (Air Odisha) appraised that regional connectivity from Kolkata to Rourkela has been scheduled to be started from January 23, 2018,” the release said.

The state government has decided to reduce VAT on aviation fuel from 5 per cent to 1 one percent and provide 20 per cent of under the Viability Gap Funding, said general administration special secretary A K Meena.

It will also provide subsidies and financial assistance for regional air connectivity, as a part of the ‘Make in Odisha’ initiative.

The average price of a ticket for these flights would be around Rs 2,500.

Routes like Bhubaneswar to Utkela, Utklela to Raipur, Bhubaneswar to Jeypore, Bhubaneswar to Jharsuguda, Jharsuguda to Ranchi, and Bhubaneswar to Rourkela have been suggested for regional connectivity.

Odisha govt keen to bring tribal districts on par with developed districts

Odisha’s chief minister Naveen Patnaik said on Wednesday that the State government is keen to bring tribal districts on par with other developed districts in Odisha.

Addressing a gathering at Bhangabari in Bhawanipatna, Patnaik said the government is sincerely working for the development of the back ward regions and deprived class in the State. “We have launched a series of developmental programmes and schemes for these regions and appealed the Centre for special funding for tribal pockets,” he said.

Pattnaik laid foundation stone for the Government Medical College at Bhangabari in Bhawanipatna besides several other projects in Kalahandi district. He expressed his pleasure on Vedanta foundation extending financial support for setting up the infrastructure for the Medical College. The work is expected to be completed by 2018.

The chief minister also inaugurated augmentation of water supply from Hati River to Bhawanipatna which would benefit a population of 80,000, 33 KV Grid Substation near Kusa Dangri of Bhawanipatna, additional work shop of government-run IIT at Bhawanipatna, three mini stadiums at Kesinga, Dasigaon of Junagarh block and Utkella of Kesinga block.

He also inaugurated two hostels at Parmanandpur and Kusurla aimed at providing vocational training to the girls and laid foundation stone for 300-seat boys’ and girls’ hostel building of Bhawanipatna (Autonomous) College, new town hall of Bhawanipatna along with 26 lift irrigation projects in Narla, Madanpur Rampur and Karlamunda blocks.

Pattnaik also flagged off mobile health unit and innovative auto-rickshaw ambulances.

The chief minister was accompanied by finance minister Pradip Kumar Amat, urban development minister Puspendra Singh Deo, Loksabha MP Arka Kesari Deo and all MLAs of the district.

Earlier today a massive congregation of Self Help Groups (SHGs) of the district was held at Bhangabari before the arrival of the chief minister.

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.

Jharsuguda-Barpali rail line by June 2016

Optimistic of completion of the first phase of crucial Jharsuguda-Barpali railway line by June, 2016, the centre on Thursday said it had not rejected Odisha government’s application seeking Chhendipada coal blocks for the state PSUs.
“I am happy to inform that Jharsuguda-Barpali rail line which is one of the three major railway lines for evacuation of coal in the country, has progressed well. The first phase single line of Jharsuguda-Barpali line will be completed by June 2016,” union coal secretary Anil Swarup told reporters here.

Swarup was here to discuss the progress of 11 coal mines of Mahanadi Coalfield Limited (MCL). He said completion of the Jharsuguda-Barpali railway line would ensure evacuation of about 20 million tonnes of coal from the pit head to power plants located in other places.

“As MCL has already made a record by producing 120 million tonnes of coal last year and targets 150 million tonnes production this year, the importance of the new railway line is very important,” Swarup said adding coal availability is not a problem now, but there is challenge in evacuation of the dry fuel from pit head.

While giving adequate stress on coal evacuation system Swarup said the country has generated 494 million tonnes of coal this year which is 32 million tonne from the previous year. This year also the target is about 12 per cent more.

On state government’s efforts to expedite coal production, Swarup said the state administration have been very positive. The Chief Secretary has directed officials to complete works within specific time line.

To a question, the Union Coal Secretary said Centre has not rejected any application of the state government to avail Chendipada coal blocks. “Let me clarify, the centre has not rejected any proposal of the state government. We have certain process for the coal block allocation. We will consider the case of Odisha in next round of allocation of coal blocks under due procedure,” Swarup said.

To another query, Swarup said Odisha government would earn about Rs.45,000 crore over a period of 25 to 30 years from the coal blocks located in the state.

Odisha government plans to introduce “agriculture” as compulsory subject

The Odisha government is contemplating to introduce agriculture as compulsory subject from primary school to university in the state soon in order to encourage students for cultivation.

This was stated by Odisha’s agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy here on 25th February 2015. Thrust will also be given for extensive use of Bio fertilizer and on soil testing, he said.

Maharathy said this while gracing the commemoration day of Government Agriculture College, Bhawanipatna as chief guest. The minister said the work of potato mission has been launched in the state setting a target to produce 10 Lakh MT of Potato from present production of 2 Lakh 20 thousand MT. The minister also informed that for the interest of farmers and farming community, a Krushak Bhawan will be set up at Bhubaneswar with an estimated cost of Rs 44 crore 85 Lakhs.

Stating that there is excellent infrastructure and scopes in this tribal dominated district for agriculture Maharathy said Kalahandi is a land of large varieties of crops like paddy, Cotton, Onion, Oil seeds, pulses, Maize, minor millets and minor agriculture crops and irrigation is available in large areas.

The Vice chancellor of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) Manoranjan Kar said there is nothing like hard working. He asked students to convert challenges in to opportunity. “So far results and other activities of students are concerned, this College is best among the Colleges under OUAT,” he said.