Monthly Archives: March 2019

Commercial flights from Jharsuguda airport to six cities soon

Commercial flight operations to six cities under the third phase of UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme will soon begin at Veer Surendra Sai Airport in Jharsuguda.

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu made the announcement through his twitter handle on Tuesday.

Earlier on January 25, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had informed that flight services from Jharsuguda Airport to six cities including Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi and Raipur would commence soon.

Pradhan had also informed that airstrips at Jeypore, Utkela and Rourkela would be upgraded to airports soon.

On February 19, a high-level team of Alliance Air had visited Jharsuguda airport to inspect its infrastructure and facilities. The Alliance Air is likely to start flight services from Jharsuguda to Kolkata and Raipur from March 1.

Prior to that, a team of SpiceJet had also visited the airport on February 9. As per official sources, SpiceJet is likely start operations connecting Jharsuguda to three major routes- Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad from March 31.

ECoR conducted a trial of 2KM long train in Sambalpur Division

DMR Sambalpur called the 2KM long train as Python Rake, comprised 147 wagons, three guard vans and four engines. The first rake of 45 flat wagons, and the second and the third rakes of 51 wagons each, were loaded with containers bound for Visakhapatnam port.

Two kilometres. That is the length of a new train which went on its first trial run in Odisha. With the aim of minimising man power and making path utilisation more economic, the East Coast Railway combined three rakes (a group of freight wagons or passenger coaches coupled together) into a single train, running it between Godbhaga and Balangir Stations in Sambalpur Railway Division.

 

Watching a freight train of average length rumble past is often an unending experience (especially if you are waiting at a level-crossing). So imagine watching a train almost three times as long.

East Coast Railway(ECoR) ran three goods train rakes with a length of about 2000 meters on a trail basis for the first time for economic path utilization with less man power.

SC stays its Feb 13 order directing eviction of forest dwellers

The Supreme Court today stayed its February 13 order directing 21 states to evict 11.8 lakh illegal forest dwellers whose claims over the land have been rejected by the authorities. A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Naveen Sinha directed the state governments to file affidavit giving details about the process adopted in rejecting the claims. The apex court posted the matter for further hearing on 10th July.

The top court had yesterday agreed to hear the Centre’s plea seeking withholding of its 13th February order asking 21 states to evict nearly 11.8 lakh forest dwellers whose claims were rejected.

The Centre had rushed to the top court for modification of the order saying the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 was a beneficial legislation and should be construed liberally to help extremely poor and illiterate people who are not well informed of their rights and procedure under the law.