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State Pollution Control Board move to manage biomedical waste

The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has urged Sambalpur Collector to provide at least two acres of land at a strategic location in the district for developing common biomedical waste management facility. The facility will be developed to facilitate treatment and disposal of biomedical waste generated from the hospitals of Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Balangir, Bargarh and Sonepur districts.

An SPCB official said Sambalpur has been considered as model district under the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation’s Global Environment Facility project for managing bio-medical waste generated from hospitals in the region in an environmentally sound manner.

A common biomedical waste management facility should be developed at Sambalpur to provide service to hospitals in five districts of the region, he said and added that though the Collector was asked to provide a patch of land at the earliest, no communication has been received so far.

Sambalpur’s new Collector

Samarth Verma joined as the new district Collector of Sambalpur on Monday after his transfer as PD DRDA from Rayagada. He is an IAS officer of 2010 batch and served in various capacities in the State, including his last posting in the backward Raygada district. He was also the Sub Collector in Rayagada. An IIT pass out from Kanpur, Verma qualified for the central civil service in 2010 with 69th rank.

“As the Sub Collector and PD DRDA of Raygada, his performance was very outstanding. The people there were also very satisfied with his work,” informed RDC Brahmapur Bikash Mahapatra, who is also a resident of Sambalpur.

After assuming office, Verma said that development of the district and that of the poor people will be his priority. “I will try to complete the ongoing projects in time. At the same time, more importance will be given to the rural areas of the district,” Verma said mediapersons during a non-formal discussion.

A good numbers of the people, organizations and the staff of the collectorate greeted Verma on the very first day. They also have higher expectation from this young officer who is six years junior to his predecessor Balwant Singh, now transferred to Bhubaneswar.

Disabled get loans for small units

The district administration has started facilitating loans for disabled youths to help them set up their own business.
In the first phase, 274 men and woman from all nine blocks of the district got loans. Earlier, the administration conducted a survey of disabled youths and provided training to the selected 274 at a centre in Dhankauda block. Expert trainers Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped, Bhubaneswar, conducted the programme. Though banks have provisions to provide loans to disabled, charging a nominal rate of interest to encourage them start various businesses, the initiative had come a cropper without proper planning and coordination with the district administration. “We are happy that the administration has taken steps to identify youths, train them and request us to disburse loans,” said regional manager of Central Bank of India Ajay Rath. He said with the cooperation of the district administration, he is quite confident that the scheme would be successful.

Collector (Sambalpur) Balwant Singh said proper coordination between beneficiaries and banks is needed to make the scheme successful. “We are functioning as a linkage between the two,” Singh said. “Many of them are talented. They need encouragement. They would definitely succeed if the government helps them,” said director of Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped, Bhubaneswar, Ram Kumar Sharma.

Sambalpur’s new Collector

2007 batch IIS officer Mr Balwant Singh had taken charge as the new Collector of sambalpur districts from the former collector Mr. Pradeep Ratha today at late evening 9 PM. After taking charge, both Mr. Sing and Mr. had a meeting with RDC Mr. G. Srinivas. The former Collector Mr Ratha is appointed as Governor personal secretary.

Demands for manning of all level crossings in the state

The chief minister Naveen Patnaik asked Union railway minister Mukul Roy to man all level crossings in the state. There are more than 600 unmanned railway level crossing gates in the East Coast Railway’s jurisdiction. “As these gates have become potential death-traps, immediate steps should be taken by the Railways to either convert them into manned level crossings or construct road over-bridges or under-bridges at these spots to avoid reoccurrence of such unfortunate incidents,” the CM wrote in a letter to Roy.

The CM said 20 persons died due to accidents at unmanned level crossing gates in EcoR in the past one year. Meanwhile, the divisional railway office of the East Coast Railways said a proposal to build a sub-way at the crossing was awaiting the district collector’s nod since May.

Divisional safety officer Pitabas Panda said, “Keeping in view the recurrence of accidents at level crossings, the Railways has planned to build sub-ways at 169 places. Since it involves acquisition of lands, the Railways has take the collectors’ approval. Of these 169 proposals, only 36 have got the collector’s approval so far. The Khairpali underpass plan is yet to be cleared by the Sambalpur collector.”

When contacted, Sambalpur collector Mrinalini Darswal denied delaying the project. “The underpass plan is not pending with me. I have approved it and sent it to the DRM.”

Panda informed that of the level crossings in Sambalpur railway division, 60 crossings between Sambalpur and Angul are accident-prone. The railways has abolished 169 unmanned crossings and diverted road routes at 80 such points. Plans are afoot to build over-bridges at 20 crossings.

The divisional safety officer said the divisional railway office had been spreading awareness campaigns in villages about passing through level crossings. But, these have not yielded result.

“Despite our best efforts to aware people, bikers, passers by and small lorries and jeeps pass through the crossing even when the train is barely hundred metre away. A speeding train comes to halt 600 metre away from where the emergency brake is applied. Khairpali crossing was of low traffic value unit (TVU). Unless the TVU goes beyond 3,000 units, we don’t recommend manned crossings,” he added.