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UDAN flights from Jharsuguda from February 2018

The Odisha government will start regional flight operations from Jharsuguda airport under Centre’s UDAN scheme in the first week of February 2018, officials said today.

Chief Secretary A P Padhi informed the reporters after discussing the matter at a state-level coordination and monitoring committee meeting at Secretariat.

“The flight from Jharsuguda is scheduled to take off during first week of February, 2018,” a government release said, adding the flight will connect Jharsuguda with Raipur and Jagdalpur.

Four airstrips in Odisha and the Biju Patnaik International airport have been selected in phase-I for implementing the UDAN scheme.

The airstrips are Jharsuguda, Rourkela, Utkela in Kalahandi and Jeypore in Koraput districts. Jharsuguda has been upgraded to an airport from an airstrip.

Infrastructure of the airstrip at Rourkela is now ready for flights under UDAN scheme, the release added.

He also directed to make Utkela and Jeypore strips ready by March, 2018 so that the UDAN scheme could be implemented at the earliest, the release said.

The Director General of Police R P Sharma said around 135 police and 27 fire personnel have already been trained to provide security and fire services in the regional airports.

The Biju Patnaik International Airport will serve as the mentor airport for the scheme.

“The flight operator company (Air Odisha) appraised that regional connectivity from Kolkata to Rourkela has been scheduled to be started from January 23, 2018,” the release said.

The state government has decided to reduce VAT on aviation fuel from 5 per cent to 1 one percent and provide 20 per cent of under the Viability Gap Funding, said general administration special secretary A K Meena.

It will also provide subsidies and financial assistance for regional air connectivity, as a part of the ‘Make in Odisha’ initiative.

The average price of a ticket for these flights would be around Rs 2,500.

Routes like Bhubaneswar to Utkela, Utklela to Raipur, Bhubaneswar to Jeypore, Bhubaneswar to Jharsuguda, Jharsuguda to Ranchi, and Bhubaneswar to Rourkela have been suggested for regional connectivity.

New DMU train between Rourkela and Sambalpur

A new DMU train was flagged off yesterday between Rourkela and Sambalpur as per the announcement made in the Railway Budget.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the run through video conferencing from Hatia.

DRM Rajendra Prasad said that last year this train was declared in the railway budget but it could not materialise. Now it has been launched as a part of strategy to complete the backlogs before declaring new trains.

This DMU is an advanced version in comparison to the already plying between the two cities. It has both side engines. Besides, it has bio-toilet in it as per government’s plan to keep the tracks clean.

Apart from the two engines, it has six coaches in it and is faster than the one running now. The train has enhanced seat strength.

The train will leave Rourkela at 7.25 AM and reach Sambalpur at 10.35 AM. The return journey will start at 11.40 AM and will reach Rourkela 4.05 PM.

The DMU will be helpful for all those who have any official work at Sambalpur or students going to the university. The train will ply on all the six days vente libre viagra belgique. It will remain off the track on Sundays.

Due to this new train, the existing Rourkela-Chakradharpur saranda passengers may be shout down in the coming future, as the new train is labeled as Chakradharpur-Rourkela-Sambalpur. If this is true, then there will be a chance to change in new advanced version of DMU.

Urban policing in three more cities

Keeping an eye on the forthcoming elections, the state government on Sunday decided in-principle to introduce commissionerate of police system in Berhampur, Rourkela and Sambalpur.

Currently, the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack are under the commissionerate of police system that was introduced in 2008 after the enactment of Odisha Urban Police (OUP) Act, 2003.

“Officers in the rank of DIG or IG would head the proposed commissionerate of police system. Berhampur municipal corporation and adjoining areas in Ganjam district, Sambalpur municipal corporation and adjoining areas and Rourkela municipality and its adjoining industrial areas would come under it,” said a senior police officer.

The government would soon issue an executive order. It need not seek approval of the assembly since the OUP Act, 2003, is an enabling legislation for such matters, sources said.

Recently, the government announced to upgrade Sambalpur municipality into a corporation. “Considering the profile and growth of the three cities, the government has decided to improve policing there,” he said.

Opposition Congress found little meaning behind the announcement. “Instead of improving the law and order situation in the state, the government hurriedly decided to start commissionerate of police system in three cities to gain political mileage ahead of elections. I don’t think it will change policing there,” senior Congress leader Narsingha Mishra said.

Though the commissionerate of police system was introduced in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack in 2008, the system still reels under acute shortage of manpower.

Odisha Govt. set up 3 more police commissionerate

Odisha Govt. is going to set up 3 more police commissionerate in the state, sambalpur, rourkela and Berhampur respectivly.

To make focused effort to address law and order challenges in the three major urban centres of the State, the proposal is being mooted and the final decision from Home Department is expected soon, sources said.

Providing urban policing in these three cities is mulled over keeping in mind that Berhampur and Sambalpur have already been accorded status of Municipal Corporation while Rourkela’s case is under active consideration of the State government.

4 laning project of Sambalpur-Rourkela is approved

sambalpur-to-jharsuguda-roadYesterday, the High-Level Clearance Authority(HLCA) approved the 4 laning project Sambalpur-Rourkela road SH 10, in a meeting held between CM and HLCA Official. This project is under public-private partnership(PPP) mode. The estimated budget for this project is Rs. 1292.56 cr with the concession period of 22 years including 3 years to develop this 4-laning project.

The viability gap fund (VGF) required for the project, amounting to `465.30 cr, will be shared by the Centre and the State Government. The Centre will provide 20 per cent of the project cost as grant to partly meet the VGF, while the balance `206.79 cr will be the State’s share.

The State Government will bear all the cost towards pre-construction activities like land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation, shifting of utilities and forest and environment mitigation measures, at an estimated cost of `274 cr, the sources said.

The existing two-lane road linking National Highway-23 in the north and NH-6 in the south was developed by L&T in 1997 with financial assistance from Asian Development Bank (ADB). The road is passing through three districts:  Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Sundargarh.

It provides connectivity to mining areas of Sundargarh and Jharsuguda and industrial areas of Jharsuguda and Rourkela.