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Decks cleared for Angul bus terminal

Milan Developers and Builders has bagged the contract to develop the bus terminal at Angul on a 9.72 acre land.

The company will will spend Rs 56.31 crore to develop the terminal and it will pay a concession fee of Rs 7.50 crore to the government. Of the total amount, Rs 13.95 crore will be spent on the terminal and Rs 42.36 crore will be spent to create the commercial facility.

While the bus terminal will be use up 5.83 acre land, the commercial component will come up on the rest of 3.89 acre. Notably, the government had decided to develop 27 bus stands in phases in 2008. In the first phase, terminals at Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Angul and Sambalpur were to be developed but the project got delayed due to recession.

Cong workers seek CM’s ouster

Congress activists in Ganjam district on Monday burnt the effigies of chief minister Naveen Patnaik and agriculture minister Pradip Maharathy, demanding their resignation in the wake of the gang rape incident at Pipili in Puri district. The protesters also demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident.

A similar protest was organized by Youth Congress activists in Koraput district. Alleging that the law and order situation had deteriorated in the past 10 years, submitted a memorandum to the district administration to be forwarded to the governor.

“While the chief minister himself holds the home portfolio, the state is witnessing deteriorating law and order situation. Crime against women, kidnappings, rapes, dacoities and extortions have become rampant now. The ruling party leaders are found involved in all these heinous crimes. Agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathi has provided protection to the accused involved in the Pipli gang rape,” the memorandum read. “The state is reeling from succession of rapes and murders at Pipli, Bhadrak, Rajgangpur and Balipal among other places within the span of two weeks,” it added.

The protesters alleged that Maoists were running a parallel government in the state. As many as 22 out of 30 districts are now Maoist-affected. The hostage of police personnel of R Udaygiri and the former collector of Malkangiri and the incidents in the aftermath showed the state government’s capitulation to the Red rebels, they added.

Demanding the resignation of Maharathi, Youth Congress leader Rabindra Mohapatra said, “Life and property of people in the state is not safe. With the growing incidents of rape and murder, women are panicked. BJD leaders and workers are abetting crime. The chief minister has failed to contain the situation.”

He added: “Sexual harassment of tribal students in Koraput, Nabarangpur and Rayagada districts, Kalinga Nagar carnage, Kandhamal communal strife, killing of people at Raighar, Maikanch and in the proposed site for the Posco project were some of the examples of police atrocities and disruptive law and order situation during the past 12 years tenure of the Naveen Patnaik government.”

In Angul, hundreds of Congress activists staged a demonstration in front of the district collector’s office on Monday. They also echoed the demand for the resignation of the chief minister and the agriculture minister. They also demanded the immediate arrest of the all culprits in the Pipili gang rape case

The protesters under the banner of Angul Youth Congress C ommittee had earlier taken out a procession to the district collector’s office, shouting anti-government slogans.

Women activists from various organizations in Angul district also staged a demonstration in front of the office of the district collector on Monday, demanding stringent action against the accused in the Pipili and the Rajgangpur gang rape cases.

The convener of Odisha Women’s Forum, Sasmita Behera, warned that they will intensify their agitation if the authorities failed to take immediate action. The women activists later submitted a memorandum to the governor through the additional district magistrate.

Government to clip dengu wings

The Government has decided to adopt inter-sectoral collaboration for prevention of dengue and other vector-borne diseases in the State. The issue was discussed at a high-level meeting presided over by Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik here recently. Last year, 1,800 dengue cases were detected in the State of which 33 had died. It was decided that preventive measures will be taken through inter-departmental coordination. There will be focus on areas where the disease had spread last year.

Of the total 33 deaths, 22 were reported from Angul district while the rest fatalities were from Sambalpur, Rourkela and Kendrapara districts. It has been decided to launch a special drive in Angul, Rourkela and Jharsuguda for destroying piled-up old tyres and other breeding places of mosquitoes.

Sub-collectors will be entrusted with the task to undertake the special drive and workers’ union of the area involved in the task. School managing committees will take up intensified awareness campaign on the disease along with Gaon Kalyan Samitis.

The Chief Secretary has asked the departments to take up inter-departmental coordination on the model of disaster management work. The departments have been further advised to work out detailed plans for utilising the services of non-government organisations (NGOs). It was decided that an action plan will be worked out for collaboration among Health, Housing, Industries, Mines, School and Mass Education and Information and Public Relations departments. The proposed action plan was discussed at the meeting. Doctors will be imparted orientation training while separate training programmes will be organised for Government employees for enforcement of guidelines and awareness campaign.

Bandh against power plant hits services

The Kishore Nagar bandh called by the locals, protesting the proposed R Power Plant in the block, disrupted road and rail services on Friday.

The agitators, under the banner of Jiban Jibika and Krushi Jami Surakhya Samiti, blocked the traffic on NH-55 at Bamur and paralysed several train services. Though the road blockade was lifted around 12.30 pm following police intervention, the agitators refused to call off picketing Bamur station. The stir hit movement of inter-city and passenger trains linking Bhubaneswar and Sambalpur, while long-distance trains bore the brunt, railway officials here informed.

The protestors, many of whom depend on agriculture for livelihood, have been repeatedly staging stirs for the last two years in Kishore Nagar and Angul demanding scrapping of the project. Kishore Nagar happens to be the Assembly constituency of Commerce and Transport Minister Sanjeev Sahu.

Describing the stir as a warning to Government, SUCI leader Manas Swain said, “It is high time Government understood the people’s sentiments and drop the power plant proposal.’’

People were assured that they would be invited for talks with district administration after the panchayat polls, said Additional SP Jyoti Mahapatra.

JR Power, a Karnataka-based company, signed an MoU with the State Government in 2009 to set up the power plant on 2000 acres. This is likely to affect the people of five panchayats.