Daily Archives: April 29, 2012

Manhandled Collector moves SCW

Sambalpur Collector Mrinalini Darswal has petitioned the State Commission for Women (SCW) seeking an inquiry into the April 23 incident of ‘manhandling’.

The Commission received a five-page petition from Darswal in which the collector has narrated how she was ‘manhandled’ and ‘abused’ while trying to intervene in a law and order situation. A copy of her petition has also been submitted to the National Commission for Women.

Chairperson of the SCW Dr Jyoti Panigrahi acknowledged receipt of the petition and said she will inquire into it on April 29. “After inquiry, I will recommend actions,” she said.

Odisha Government enhance sewerage coverage in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar

The sewerage and drainage programmes for the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar planned under the Integrated Sanitation Improvement Project have been revised both in terms of its coverage and budget estimate.

The sewer length, which was originally planned for 98 km in Bhubaneswar, has been enhanced to 236 km. Similarly, the length of sewerage coverage for Cuttack has been increased to 375 km from initial plan of 241 km.

As per the revised plan, the projects in the two cities would be constructed in two phases. In the phase-I, Cuttack would have 241 km of sewerage with two sewerage treatment plants (STP); and in the phase-II, there would be 134 km of sewerage. Bhubaneswar in phase-I would have 100 km of sewerage with one STP; and in phase-II, 136 km of sewerage with one STP.

The project costs have been estimated at Rs945 crore, which would be sourced from the JICA loan of Rs756.36 crore and the State share of Rs188.77 crore. The loan would be repaid within a period of 40 years at a rate of 0.75 per cent interest, in which there is a moratorium period of 10 years.

The projects would be implemented within a period of two years. By now, the detailed engineering plan has been completed. Project clearances from line agencies are in progress.

Similar sewerage projects for Sambalpur and Rourkela cities at estimated costs of Rs406 crore and Rs530 crore, respectively, have also been prepared and sent for the Government’s approval.

These facts came to fore during a review of the programmes at a high-level meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary BK Patnaik here.

Hockey Odisha to host Nalco Cup hockey championship from May 2

Hockey OdishaHockey Odisha is all set to host the Nalco Cup State Hockey Championship at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack from May 2 to 7.

The affiliated unit of the State association would participate in the six-day long tournament. Odisha Police, Rourkela Steel Plant, Nalco, Sundargarh, Cuttack, Ganjam, Dhenkanal, Sambalpur, Phulbani, Balangir, Deogarh, Mayurbhanj, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Angul, East Coast Railway and CRPF are the teams expected to participate in the knockout round format.

The state team would be selected from the meet to represent the state in the fourth coming inter-state championship.

In the inaugural match, Cuttack would meet CRPF Bhubaneswar under floodlight.
Hockey India umpire committee chairman Shakil Kureshi would conduct a three-day long workshop for the state umpires from May 5 to 7, informed Hockey Odisha general secretary Pratap Satpathy.