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Bhutan team is in Sambalpur for Buddhist link

A four-member team from Bhutan led by Jigme Choden of National Library and Archives of Bhutan under Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs visited Sambalpur Friday. Other members of the team were Gympo Tsherung, Yonten Dargyl and Lama Tashi Norbu.

The four-member team from Bhutan were in search of the history of ‘Sambhala’, the earlier name of Sambalpur that existed almost 2,000 years ago.

The team visited Odisha to trace the origin of Uddiyana and Sambhala. After visiting several places in and around Bhubaneswar to get clues of these words, they came to Sambalpur. They met local historian Deepak Panda and discussed with him about the historical background of Sambalpur, particularly traces of Buddhism.

They visited several places here including Dhanukosha, the birthplace of Mahapadmasambhava. It is said Dhanupali was derived from the word Dhanukosha.

Speaking to Orissa POST Saturday, Panda said as per Buddhist texts, King Indrabhuti, who propounded Mahayana sect of Buddhism, was the king of Sambhala in Uddiyana during 7th century AD.

Legends have it that the king had no son. He adopted a son, who was found on a lotus in the middle of Dhanukosha, a large water body. This event took place after a series of droughts. His brilliant son became famous in history in the name of Padmasambhava.

He said Padmasambhava achieved the status of a great master (Guru) after meditation and penance. He went to Tibet on invitation by the then king of Tibet and established Lama cult there and became known as ‘Buddha the Second’. He said Dhanukosh was the pond where the lotus blossomed with Padmasambhava in it. In due course of time, Danukosh became Dhanupali, a locality in Sambalpur.

Panda said there used to be a huge water body in Dhanukosha or Dhanupali area. It shrank and dried in course of time. A great saint came to Sambalpur in 1805 who could know the significance of the place. He started meditating with dhuni (making smoke) at that place. Then Queen Ratna Kumari built a mutt for him and this mutt is known as Rani Mutt. One can still find a vast dry water body here.

He said the Bhutanese team collected many references on the ancient scriptures mentioning Uddiyana and Sambhala. They went to Sonepur the neighborhood district headquarters. It was earlier known as Swarnapuri. Lakhmikara, sister of Indrabhuti was married to Seol, son of King Jalendra of Swarnapuri. Lakhmikara established Tantrayana or Sahayajana sect in Buddhism.

The visiting team said they need more proof about Uddiyana. If it is established, it will be a famous tourist hub and there will be a large inflow of tourists to Orissa, particularly to Sambalpur.

“Sauchamukta Mahanadi Abhiyan” launched by SMC

Sauchamukta Mahanadi AbhiyanThe Sambalpur Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Saturday launched ‘Sauchamukta Mahanadi Abhiyan’ to make banks of the river flowing along Ring Road in the city open defecation-free (ODF).Launching the campaign near Samaleswari temple, Collector Samarth Verma said awareness drive will be conducted in the localities situated along the Ring Road. He said a campaign vehicle will move on the Ring Road from Sunday to create awareness on not to defecate in open along the banks of Mahanadi.

The drive will continue for a period of one month and fine will be imposed on the violators. The best locality for maintaining the area ODF will be awarded. Similarly, around 11 community toilets have been constructed along the Ring Road and one can use the toilet free of cost, he added.He also urged the residents to help make Sambalpur green and clean city.

ToiletThe launching saw different cultural programmes to create awareness on the issue.

It has also been seen that people from well off families residing in the localities along the Ring Road have toilets in their homes but prefer to defecate along the banks of Mahanadi. And because of open defecation, the breeze blowing from the river stinks adding to the pollution. With the Ring Road being widened and beautified, the SMC is making sincere efforts to improve the sanitation along the bank of the river which has the potential to draw crowd during evenings.

Odisha CM ask probe to Andhra Pradesh CM about Shreyash’s Death

Shreyas KesharwaniOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday asked Andhra Pradesh CM N. Chandrababu Naidu for a probe by a special agency into the death of Shreyash’s Death, a Sambalpur teenager, in Visakhapatanam.

Shreyash Kesharwani, a student of Sri Chaitanya Junior College at Marikavalasa in Visakhapatnam city, was thrashed by a few college students that led to his death in January 2018.

The Odisha Chief Minister spoke to Naidu on phone and urged for a probe so as to bring out the truth behind the 16-year-old Sambalpur teenager’s death.

Earlier, the parents of Shreyas on Tuesday met the Chief Minister at the State Secretariat here.

On December 26, Shreyas had allegedly received repeated blows to his chest, for which he received treatment first at Rourkela and then in Bhubaneswar. The boy left for home in Garposh in Sambalpur, citing ill health on December 29. But, he succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Bhubaneswar on January 6.

The bereaved family claimed that the student succumbed to his injuries due to ragging by fellow students in the engineering college and that college authorities did not act on ragging complaints.

Sambalpur Development Authority to set up park on six-acre at Rengali

The Sambalpur Development Authority (SDA) has initiated steps to carry out development work beyond the city limits. The civic body has decided to set up a park in Rengali, which is considered as industrial hub of the district. Although Rengali is a gram panchayat and headquarters of Rengali block, the area comes under the jurisdiction of SDA.

SDA Chairman Bijay Mohanty

SDA Chairman Bijay Mohanty said the park will be developed over an area of six acres and development authority has already got possession of the land. Preliminary work, including levelling of land and construction of boundary wall besides digging up of a deep bore well, has already been started, he said.

Apart from construction of pathways, landscaping and plantation work will be carried out in the park. Besides, fountain, decorative lights, children’s play equipment and various swings will be installed. Moreover, concrete benches, drinking water facility and toilets will be constructed. Altogether, `two crore will be spent for development of the park, while `55 lakh has already been sanctioned in the first phase, he added.

Situated about 25 km away from the city, Rengali houses various industrial houses, including Aditya Aluminium, Bhusan Power and Steel Limited, Shyam Metalics and Energy Limited and Aryan Ispat and Power Private Limited. Rengali, which is a business centre of the block, also houses various State Government and private offices besides financial institutions. Rengali also qualifies all the criteria to be upgraded into a Notified Area Council (NAC).

Though Rengali is turning urban, the place is deprived of any recreational facility now. The park will provide solace to the people to refresh their mind, sources said.

Only two city buses are running out of 12 in Sambalpur

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had flagged off the 12 new city buses on September 22nd last year 2017

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had flagged off the 12 new city buses on September 22nd last year 2017 to strengthen the public transport in Sambalpur as well as the neighbouring Bargarh, Sonepur, Jharsuguda and Sundargarh districts. Only two city buses are running in Sambalpur. The remaining 10 city buses are lying unused.

The 12 city buses were to ply on new routes comprising Sambalpur-Kuchinda, Sambalpur-Sonepur, Sambalpur-Barpali (Bargarh), Sambalpur- Sundargarh, Sambalpur-Brajrajnagar (Jharsuguda) and Sambalpur-Belpahar (Jharsuguda).

However, only two buses are plying on Sambalpur-Kuchinda route while the remaining 10 are lying idle.
The city bus service was launched in Sambalpur on January 29, 2014 and made operational on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. A private operator, Paschim Odisha Paribahan Company (POPCO) has partnered with Western Odisha Urban Transport Services Limited (WOUTSL) to run and manage the city bus service in Sambalpur.

Currently, 34 buses are plying in 13 different routes. The buses are providing services to the peripheral areas of Sambalpur city besides neighbouring Bargarh and Jharsuguda towns.The plying of city buses on the new routes will be helpful for residents of five towns of Sonepur, Barpali, Sundargarh, Brajrajnagar and Belpahar. The residents will find better connectivity with Sambalpur after the buses run on the new routes. The city bus service has encouraged use of public transport with more people preferring to travel in the new buses. More than 7,000 commuters use the city buses on a daily basis.

Commissioner of Sambalpur Municipal Corporation Bimalendu Ray, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of WOUTSL, said they have already applied for route permits for plying of buses on the new routes. However, while the authorities have received permit for Sambalpur-Kuchinda route, they are waiting for permits for other routes following which the rest of the buses will be deployed, Ray added.