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One More Boat Capsizes, all 12 Rescued

Close on the heels of the boat tragedy at Hirakud that claimed 31 lives, another tragedy was averted when a country boat ferrying people from Sambalpur to Mundo Ghat across river Mahanadi capsized after being caught in a strong gale on Tuesday. However all the passengers had a narrow escape and were rescued.

Ironically, the incident exposed the failure of the district administration to learn from past mistakes and the boat had been ferrying people illegally despite the State Government putting a blanket ban on boat services.

Reports said there were 12 persons, including five women in the country boat when the boat capsized in river Mahanadi on the downstream of Hirakud dam on Tuesday. The people had boarded the boat at Badbazar Ghat in Sambalpur town and were supposed to get down at Mundo Ghat across the river.

Boatman Upendra Singh said they were very close from the bank of Mundo Ghat when the gale led the boat hit a rock overturning it. While some of the passengers swam to the rocky island in the river to safety, the boatman also rescued at least five persons to safety. Sambalpur Additional District Magistrate, Jyoti Kumar Lakra, who had also rushed to the spot said all the passengers on board were rescued.

Badbazar Ghat, where the people boarded the boat comes under the jurisdiction of Sambalpur Municipality though Executive Officer of the Sambalpur Municipality, Aniruddha Padhan said the boat was ferrying people illegally.

Global grinding start-ups

Christian Pfeiffer mill at JizanICR seeks out the locations of the new finish-grinding plants and proposed new grinding station projects around the world. Large projects coming on-stream this year include Saudi Cement’s new Jizan plant, Sephaku Cement’s 1.4Mta Delmas grinding unit in South Africa and UltraTech’s 1.6Mta expansion at Jharsuguda, India.

The need to build grinding plants does not seem to be slowing as producers see this as an opportune way to enter new markets on a permanent footing, especially after importing into the region. It is the next step and a natural progression to distributing larger amounts of cement at a more competitive price.

While grinding plants can be quicker to set up than integrated facilities they still require environmental assessments and licences, and usually take 18 months or more to be established from the moment construction begins. However, capital expenditure for such a unit is far lower than for an integrated plant.

Trains diverted on Kharagpur-Bhadrak section of SER

On account of traffic cum power block due to re-girdering of a rail bridge on Kharagpur-Bhadrak Section of South Eastern Railway (SER) from March 8 to 10 the following train services are diverted.

In a release here today, South Central Railway said Train 22612 New Jalpaiguri-Chennai Central Weekly Express, departing New Jalpaiguri on March 7, will be diverted to run via., Ahmedabad, Chandil, Sini, Nagpur and Balharsha and will stop at Chandil, Chakradharpur, Rourkela and Jharsuguda.

Train 15630 Guwahati- Chennai Egmore Weekly Express, departing Guwahati on March 7 will be diverted to run via., Asansol, Joychandi Pahar, Garhdhrubeswar, Tatanagar, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Titlagarh, Vizianagaram and will stop at Chandil, Chakradharpur, Rourkela and Jharsuguda.

Train 15902 Dibrugarh-Bangalore Express, departing Dibrugarh on 7th March, 2014 will be diverted to run via., Kharagpur, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur and Vizinagaram and will stop at Tatanagar, Chakradharpur, Rourkela and Jharsuguda.

Train 12509 Bangalore-Guwathi Tri-weekly Express, departing Bangalore on 6th and 7th March, 2014 will be diverted to run via., Balharshah, Nagpur, Jharsuguda and Kharagpur and will stop at Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Chakradharpur and Tatanagar.

Train 15643 Puri-Kamakhya Weekly Express, departing Puri 8th March, 2014, will be diverted to run via., Cuttack, Angul, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Kharagpur and will stop at Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Chakradarpur and Tatanagar.


Two rape cases shock Sambalpur

Two rape cases have rocked the district even as police managed to nab the accused.

While one case was reported from Dhuturapara here, another occurred under Thelkolai police limits. Police registered cases after receiving complaints against the accused. Both accused and survivors were medically examined.

While Deepak Hara, 35, is the accused in Dhuturapara case, Prasanta Kishan, 22, was held for Thelkolai incident.

Police sources said the survivor in the Dhuturapara incident is a married woman. On Sunday night, the accused allegedly raped her finding her alone. “Deepak overpowered and raped her by gagging,” IIC of Mahila police station Bandana Routray said. In the other incident, a 20-year-old unmarried girl alleged that she went with the accused to different places last week after he promised to marry her. But he left her alone on Sunday after raping her repeatedly, the survivor charged.

OUIDF sanctioned 11 projects of various urban local bodies

Odisha Urban Infrastructure Development Fund ( OUIDF) has sanctioned 11 projects of various urban local bodies for loan and financial assistance.

The projects have been approved in the Board of Trustees Meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sri Jugal Kishore Mohapatra in the conference hall of OUIDF office last evening. Sri Mohapatra has directed OUIDF functionaries and the concerned ULBs to develop best quality infrastructure with appropriate mechanism for service delivery and maintenance. He has also directed that there should be proper metering system in water supply projects. Chief Secretary has advised OUIDF to display its reports and activities in website titled .

The approved projects include Modern Slaughter House in BMC with project cost of Rs 6.4 cr. involving OUIDF loan of Rs.2.83 cr. and VGF ( Viable Gap Funding) of Rs 2.83 Crs and Solid Waste Management ( SWM) -Collection & Transportation of BMC with project cost of Rs.15.26 cr involving OUIDF loan of Rs.6.85 cr and VGF of Rs.6.85 cr. The Affordable Housing Projects of BDA at Shampur (Phase-I) for construction of 1600 houses with project cost of Rs.85.28 cr involving OUIDF loan of Rs.32.38cr cr and VGF of Rs32.37cr cr. and Shampur (Phase-II) for construction of 1280 houses with project cost of Rs.68.23 cr involving OUIDF loan of Rs 25.90 cr and VGF of Rs.25.90 cr have also been approved by the Board. Other approved projects are Sewerage System Sambalpur with project cost Rs.375.97 cr involving loan of Rs.40.00 cr, ,Sewerage System Rourkela, with project cost of Rs.488.50 cr involving loan of 40.00cr , Solid Waste Management Project of Berhampur with project cost of Rs.40.60 cr involving loan of Rs.8.79 cr and VGF of Rs.5.49 cr, and Augmentation of Water Supply in Gopalpur with project cost of Rs.4.00 cr involving loan of Rs1.80 cr and VGF of Rs1.80 cr. Two Affordable Housing projects of Odisha State Housing Board have also received approval of the Board. These projects are Cluster – A at Malipada for 1368 houses with project cost of Rs.73.23 cr. involving loan of Rs.27.90 cr and VGF of 27.77 cr and Cluster-B at Malipada for 1134 houses with project cost Rs.60.64 cr. involving loan of Rs 23.04 cr. and VGF Rs 23.00 cr. In total 10 projects with project cost of Rs.1218.11 cr. involving OUIDF loan of Rs.209.49 cr and VGF of Rs. 126.01 cr have been approved in the meeting.     Besides, the Energy Efficient street lighting through PPP mode in Cuttack, Sambalpur , Berhampur and Rourkela have also got in principle approval of the Board. These projects on total envisage for installing of 38,705 energy efficient lights in the selected areas of these towns.

It may be of worth to mention that OUIDF is an urban lending mechanism for Infrastructural projects like urban water supply, sewerage, street light, drainage, solid waste management, slaughter house, affordable housing for economically weaker sections, slum development, basic services to urban poor etc. This has come to being since last one and half a year through a Government of Odisha initiative with assistance from Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KFW) Bank of Germany in the form of a Line of Credit and Technical Assistance support to develop and finance urban infrastructure projects in the State. The Government of Odisha have set up a Trust namely “Odisha Urban Infrastructure Development Fund (OUIDF)” in the Housing & Urban Development for the purpose of developing and financing Infrastructure Projects under taken by Urban Local Bodies, Statutory Bodies, Public Sector Undertakings and Private Investors and attract inter alia, investments, professional advice from institutions for financing infrastructure projects. The Board of Trustees is headed by the Chief Secretary with six other Trustees to collectively manage and administer the affairs of the Trust and Trust Funds.

The Development Commissioner Sri Injeti Srinivas, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Sri U.N.Behera, CMD IDCO Sri Vishal Dev, Chief Executive OUIDF Sri Shishir Kumar Ratha, Secretray OUIDF Sri R.K.Mohanty, Financial advisor Sri Ranchandra Kara, Project manager  B.P.Rayguru along with other members of the board participated in deliberations.