Naveen on Inauguration Spree

30spreeChief Minister Naveen Patnaik went on a foundation stone laying and inauguration spree during his whirlwind tour of the district on Wednesday and flag off of City Bus Service in Sambalpur city.

Naveen addressed a public meeting in Muslim dominated  area of Women’s College, Sambalpur with an eye to bring minority community to the BJD fold which would weaken the Congress vote bank further. He spoke on the steps initiated by his Government for development of the minorities.

Stating that there would be no shortage of fund for development of Western Odisha, Naveen announced that the Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) would be empowered further to remove regional imbalances. To drive home his seriousness, he spoke about contribution of the State Government in speedy completion of Balangir-Khurda railway line.

Launching a scathing attack on the Opposition political parties, the Chief Minister criticised them for blocking development of the State. Predicting that regional parties would play a major role in national politics, he hinted that Third Front would form next Government at the Centre.

47633Naveen laid the foundation stone for doubling of road from NH 6 to Sambalpur University at Golgunda near Burla. He also laid foundation for hostel building of Sambalpur University, inaugurated its administrative building before laying the stone of drinking water project for Burla NAC.

He also inaugurated the Blood Bank building at VSS Medical at Burla and laid foundation stone for infrastructure extension of VSS Medical College. The Chief Minister laid foundation stone for second high level bridge over river Mahanadi, doubling of Ring Road along river Mahanadi, high capacity pumping station to prevent deluge during monsoon and river front development at Ayodhya Sarovar.

Among others, Finance Minister Prasanna Acharya, Sambalpur district BJD president Rohit Pujari, WODC Chairperson Padmini Sekhar Deo, Chairman of Sambalpur Development Authority Bijay Kumar Mohanty accompanied the Chief Minister.

Earlier, local MLA and leader of the BJP legislature party Jaynarayan Mishra, an invitee to different official programmes, was taken to preventive custody along with his supporters when they proceeded to attended the foundation lying ceremony of four projects in the town.

Bapu paid tribute at Mahatma Gandhi temple, sambalpur

Mahatma Gandhi Temple in Bhatra,SambalpurHundreds of people today visited the ‘Gandhi Temple’ here to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his death anniversary.

People offered flower and sang devotional songs in front of the bronze statue of the Father of the Nation in the 40-year-old temple, built by a Gandhian and a former MLA Abhimanyu Kumar in 1974, at Bhatra in the district.

“Every morning people of this locality assemble here to offer prayer to Gandhiji,” said Kalia Bag, priest of the temple.

“Gandhiji is worshipped here every day as I offer puja and recite text from the ‘Bhagavad Gita’,” the priest said.

Municipality Opens Temporary vegetable market at gobindtola, sambalpur

In a bid to accommodate unorganised roadside vegetable vendors, Sambalpur Municipality has developed a temporary vegetable market at Gobindtola in Sambalpur town.

Besides providing a common place to the vendors, the initiative will also ease vehicular traffic on the main roads which have been encroached by the vendors.

Reports stated that 106 roadside vendors who were doing daily business along Dhanupali-Gobindtola Main Road besides at Dhanupali Chowk, Jail Chowk and Nelson Mandela Chowk have been allotted space at the newly developed vegetable market.

The Sambalpur Municipality has barricaded about one acre of land adjoining the embankment of Harad Joar Nullah at Gobindtola and made temporary arrangement for the vendors to  sell commodities like vegetables, fruits and other edible items.

Even though the Municipality made the market operational from Friday, it has assured the vendors of constructing  vending platforms besides providing other basic requirements to make it a full-fledged vegetable market.

Meanwhile, the Sambalpur Municipality has also decided to convert the weekly haat at Kamlibazar into a daily market to accommodate the vendors who are operating in other parts of the town at Ainthapali in front of fire Station and Reserve Police Line. Executive Officer of Sambalpur Municipality Aniruddha Pradhan said the decision to relocate the vegetable vendors was taken for smooth vehicular movement especially the town buses that are to be launched soon.  “The daily vegetable market at Gobindtola has been developed to rehabilitate local roadside vendors,” added the Executive Officer.

Villagers flee homes fearing elephants

Jumbo menace has forced people to leave their houses in the district. A herd of elephants have been running amok at Bamra block in Sambalpur district, along Sundargarh border, over the last couple of days.

Forest officials said the herd has crossed over from Jharkhand and is creating havoc in bordering villages of Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Sundargarh districts. After destroying more than 100 houses in Laikera and Kolabira block of Jharsuguda district, the herd headed toward Bamra block on Friday. People do not feel safe to go out of their house after dark because of the rampaging elephants.

“We are conducting a survey on destruction of houses. We will pay a compensation of Rs 10,000 each to people, whose houses were destroyed completely. We have formed a team to drive the elephants into forest,” DFO (Jharsuguda) A K Kar said. He said the elephants are raiding the villages during night.

Residents of Muslikani and Budelkani villages of Bamra block have left their houses and taken shelter in nearby villages after elephants destroyed their houses on Friday night. Forest officials said after destroying several houses in Ledimacha village on Thursday night, the elephants entered Budelkani village and destroyed 11 houses. The elephants also devoured paddy and rice kept inside houses.

“We had no other option than running away from the village to save our lives, leaving everything. We are now homeless,” said a resident of Budelkani village.

Ivory mafia shot dead an elephant on January 20 in Jamenkira range and another one on January 24 in Dhama range of Sambalpur district and took away their tusks.

Bhoi’s Renomination for Lok Sabha Election under Cloud

Even as the Pradesh Election Committee (PEC) of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) is scheduled to meet in Bhubaneswar on Friday to finalise the probable list of Lok Sabha candidates, uncertainty prevails over renomination of sitting Bargarh MP Sanjay Bhoi.

While Bhoi is confident of renomination, Bargarh District Congress Committee (DCC) is strongly against his candidature over the issues of non-performance and disconnect with the voters.

In fact, several meetings of the Bargarh DCC has ended discussing non-performance and disconnect of Sanjay Bhoi with his constituency and workers. There has hardly been any Congress meeting in the district which has been attended by Bhoi in the last five years.

Opposition to Bhoi in his constituency can be gauged from the fact that he was not invited to address any meeting for campaign in election to Attabira NAC.

To make things worse, of 12 blocks in the constituency, functionaries of 11 blocks have opposed renomination of Bhoi and the same has reportedly been communicated to the OPCC.

Senior Congress leaders Prakash Chandra Debata and Kishore Chandra Patel are reportedly in the race for Bargarh Lok Sabha seat taking advantage of the opposition to Bhoi.

While Debata is banking on his relationship with the rank and file of the Congress over the years, Patel is harping on the sizeable Agaria voters to which community he belongs.