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Truck Bus Accident, More than 25 people in Hospital

Near Katapali A bridge Sambalpur, early morning a truck bus accident happen. More than 25 people are admitted in hospital.

Western Odisha Bandh in protest of permanent High Court Bench

Western Odisha Bandh in protest of permanent High Court BenchIn the protest of permanent High Court Bench in Western Odisha, Bar associations called 12 hours Bandh in Western Odisha.  Normal life has come to a standstill throughout Western Odisha.

Permanent High Court Bench is a long standing demand from the people of Western Odisha. Till date Government is not listening the demad, as whole, people of Western Odisha supporting this Bandh with Bar Associations.

All educational institutions, business establishments and offices have been closed as protestors are picketing at various places in all the districts in Western Odisha. Not only the road but train transport has also been disrupted at several locations. In Jharsuguda, picketing is taking place at Beheramal, Station Square, Bombay Chowk, BTM colony and National Highway 10 and 49. Sambalpur-Puri Intercity and Rourkela Jharsuguda Passenger have been stranded at Khetrajpur Railway Station in Sambalpur due to the bandh.

Public and political parties have also come forward in support of the bandh. The protestors have threatened that the protest will be intensified if the Government does not heed to the demand of establishing a permanent bench of High Court in Western Odisha.

 

The associations are also protesting the move of the State Bar Council, which recently sought disciplinary action against the protesting lawyers. Members of political parties like the BJD and the Congress, various voluntary organisations and general public have extended their full support to the protest.

The impact of the bandh was witnessed since early morning in Sambalpur, Boudh and other parts of the region as courts, government offices, shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed.

The agitators have also staged ‘Rail Roko’ protest while halting Sambalpur-Puri Intercity Express and Bangalore Cant.-Hatia Express at Khetrajpur railway station.

Tension erupted during the bandh observation after police detained several protesters who staged ‘Rail Roko’ agitation at the station. While Sambalpur-Puri Intercity Express has been cancelled after the protest, Bangalore Cant.-Hatia Express was subsequently departed the station.

“We had earlier said that this is not just a lawyers’ protest, rather it is a public movement and it is evident from the participation of large number of public in the Rail Roko protest here today,” said a protesting lawyer.

“We will intensify our protest in future and go to any extent for the fulfillment of our demands. Whatever action is taken, we will not give up and withdraw our agitation,” he added.

Another protesting lawyer alleged that efforts are made to suppress the protest. “It is now a public movement for legitimate demands. We are protesting the efforts being made to suppress our protest. The entire Western Odisha is with us,” he said.

Meanwhile, State law minister Pratap Jena said that the demand of the lawyers for establishment of HC bench will be discussed.

It is worth mentioning here that the Odisha State Bar Council, last month, had written a letter to the Bar Council of India (BCI) seeking action against various lawyers associations continuing protests for establishment of High Court bench in western Odisha.

In the letter, the council had recommended disciplinary action against members of 17 lawyers’ associations and central working committees for continuing protest over establishment of permanent HC bench.

Bargarh bandh for city hospital

Bargarh residents observed a bandh from Monday morning, throwing normal life out of gear in the process, demanding the authorities turn the old District headquarters hospital (DHH) into City Hospital.

 

Demanding city hospital in bargarh

Demanding city hospital in bargarh

Educational institutions and business establishments downed their shutters supporting the demand. Agitated people staged road blockades at strategic locations including the square in front of the old DHH.

In another development, district planning committee chairman and MLA Debesh Acharya, who reached the old DHH at about 8am to attend a meeting with district administration officials and health department officials at the old DHH to discuss the legitimacy of the demand, had to face the ire of angry people. The MLA is said to have been detained for some time.

Ample police forces have been deployed at the old DHH to avoid any untoward situation, it was learnt.

The agitating people said they would continue their strike till the old DHH is declared as ‘city hospital’.

Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had inaugurated the new district headquarters hospital at Tukurlad (Khedipali) January 21. The shifting of all the machines, all types of equipment and beds from the old DHH to the new one started from January 31.

As of now the health facilities for in and out-patients at the old DHH have been badly affected. Protesting against this step-motherly attitude, the people of Bargarh have been demanding ‘city hospital’ status to the old DHH for last couple of days.

It is worth mentioning that the state government has meanwhile declared the old DHH as the primary health centre (PHC).

Connection cut from 18th February in Western Odisha, Wesco

Wesco electricity supplyWesco, a power supply company in West Odisha, has decided to start a campaign to recover outstanding electricity bills from 18th of this month February. It is noted that, earlier  Nesco and Southco had already start the outstanding electricity bill recovery from last month.

There are 9 districts depends on Wesco for electrictity and that are Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Balangir, Deogarh, Sonpur, Kalahandi and Nuapada.  Wesco  disconnect the electricity connection of customers who do not pay the outstanding electricity bills.

At a press conference held at the local Wesco office in Cheruapada on Saturday afternoon, Wesco’s official Tapas Kumar Patnaik said that Wesco  is committed to provide better electricity service to its customers, but the electricity bills of 2117 crores owed to millions of customers has become a major deterrent. . Millions of customers have been using electricity for years, but are not paying electricity bills. Other customers along with the company are suffering due to this. Wesco  can no longer bear the burden of the outstanding electricity bill. In such a situation, a campaign will be started from February 18 to collect the outstanding electricity bill from the customers and the electricity connection of those who do not pay the bill will be cut. He said that to avoid this, customers have to pay the outstanding bills. For this, the bill can also be paid in installments.

Connection cut from 18th Febuary in Western Odisha, WescoGiving information, Patnaik said that there are 1,25,180 customers of Wesco  who have not been paying electricity bills for more than two years. Apart from these, the number of customers who owe bills more than 25 thousand rupees is 2,57,652 and the number of customers who owe bills of more than 50 thousand rupees is 1,34,561. There is an outstanding bill of more than Rs 406 crore on various commercial establishments, plants etc. Some of these cases are in court and the bill has not been recovered from them.

Patnaik further said that Wesco  does not want to disconnect the electricity connection of any customer, but despite repeated requests in this regard, it has now been decided to take action against such customers. Customers have been given time till February 17 to pay the outstanding bills. Despite this, if the bill is not paid, the campaign to cut the connection will start from 18 February. He has requested customers to understand and support Wesco ‘s problem. In this press conference Wesco General Manager (Commerce) Ashish Patjoshi, General Manager (Finance) Dilip Agarwal, Company Secretary Subodh Mahalik, Deputy General Manager (Finance) Kshirodchandra Nand, Superintending Engineer (Sambalpur) Sanjit Nayak, Chief Vigilance Officer Bhagyadhar Behera and Public Relations Officer Devanand Samal present.

Goods train derails near Sambalpur city station

Restoration of derailed carriage near Sambalpur city stationOne carriage of the goods train derails having coal near Sambalpur city station, may be that was the 3rd one from the engine

The 3rd carriage from the engine of a goods train derails near Sambalpur city station on Saturday. The incident happen on Sambalpur – Jharsuguda rail line and it is same line of Talcher and Bilaspur rail line, as the train is coming from Talcher to its destination Bilaspur.

Because of this indecent, many trains going through this route got  delay including the Rajdhani Express, as they were diverted through. After getting the news, a team from Sambalpur Railway division visited the place and started the restoration of the carriage to the rail line.