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MP Nagendra Vents Anger On Scribes For Talking To Collector First

MP Nagendra Vents Anger On Scribes For Talking To Collector FirstBJD MP from Sambalpur Nagendra Pradhan today berated TV journalists as they sought the byte of the Collector first during Veer Surendra Sai’s birth anniversary celebration here in the city today.

“Tell me, who is more important? People’s representative or bureaucrat? Is Chief Secretary important or Chief Minister? Who are the TV journalists to decide whether a bureaucrat will speak first or representative?” asked Pradhan in a raised voice.

Asking the reporters to record his byte, the MP said the representatives formulate the legislation and the officers are appointed only to execute them. He refused to give any statement to the journalists until the media personnel sought an apology from him.

The parliamentarian accused the journalists of getting advertisements from the Collectors for their respective media houses. “You all preferred the byte of Collector first because you get advertisement from him. We know better than the bureaucrats as we are making schemes. Can’t we clarify on that?” Pradhan asked.

His reaction came after some reporters sought a byte from the Collector about implementation of government scheme in the district before talking to the parliamentarian.

Meanwhile, senior BJD leader and former minister Damodar Rout backed the MP for such reaction. “It is decency to interview the elected representative first when he is present on an occasion. Those who want to take the byte of an administrative officer first lack trust on the democracy,” Rout said.

Bus accident in sambalpur

4 Killed, 32 Injured As Bus Skids Off Bridge In Sambalpur

Four persons were killed and 32 others injured after a bus they were travelling in skidded off a bridge near Goudapalli village in Sambalpur district last night.

As per sources, the ‘Maa Vaishnodevi’ bus was on its way to Rairangpur from Sambalpur when the driver reportedly lost control of the bus and it fell off the bridge.

Locals, police personnel and fire brigade reached at the spot immediately and started rescue operations in presence of Sambalpur Collector, SP and Tehsildar.

The rescue operations went on for nearly four hours after which the injured were rushed to Sambalpur District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) and Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), Burla.

The deceased were identified as Ranjan Meher from Bijepur, Gopalchandra Mahant from Keonjhar, Saroj Routray from Puri and Dilip Sahu from Keonjhar. The death toll is likely to increase as many of the injured were in critical conditions.

Sambalpur Collector, SP and Tehsildar also visited the hospitals to check health status of the injured passengers.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for kin of those killed in the accident. He also announced free medical checkup for the injured passengers.

Speed trial on Godbhaga-Debahal new double railway line

Speed trial on Godbhaga-Debahal new double railway lineToday 23rd Jan 2018, the speed trial on the new double railway lines between Godbhaga-Debahal station of sambalpur  division will be conducted by the Commissioner of Railway safety,  Pramod Kumar Achary in betweeen 9AM to 5PM.

Its a request from railway to the general public that not go near or cross the railway line on the specified time.

Sambalpur Muthoot Finance robbery: 6 dacoits nabbed from Bihar

In a major breakthrough, Sambalpur police on Sunday arrested six dacoits from Bihar involved in the broad daylight loot from Budharaja Muthoot Finance company in Sambalpur last month.

The dacoits were arrested from Patna after a joint operation by Odisha police and Bihar Special Task Force (STF) with seizure of 15 kg gold from their possession, informed Sambalpur SP Sanjeev Arora.

According to police, after getting information about the presence of some members of the dacoit gang in Patna, Bihar STF and Sambalpur police team had conducted a raid on the hideout.

During the raid, the dacoits opened fire at police following which police triggered gun in retaliation.

Notably, the accused had looted cash and valuables from office of Muthoot Finance at Budharaja under Ainthapali police limits on December 28 in Sambalpur town and decamped with Rs 6 lakh and gold ornaments.

While nearly 15 kg of gold ornaments, pistols and other weapons have been seized from the dacoity gang, police are conducting further investigation in connection with the incident.

Bridge, only solace for Hirakud displaced after 60 years

Too little, too late __ this sums up the bridge constructed over Ib river, a tributary of Mahanadi, which flows directly into the Hirakud Dam Reservoir. The bridge connects Rengali block in Sambalpur district with Lakhanpur in Jharsuguda and was mooted more than six decades back along with Hirakud Dam project. Sources said it was conceived as part of Hirakud Dam to connect people displaced by the multi-purpose project and settled in both the districts on the periphery of either side of the reservoir. The bridge is all set to help the industries more than the displaced who have virtually lost contact in the last 60 years. Although the bridge work has been completed and is being used unofficially, it is awaiting inauguration by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who is yet to find time to realise the long-pending dream of people of both the districts.

The Hirakud Dam was dedicated to the nation by Jawaharlal Nehru on January 13, 1957, and he termed it as the ‘temple of modern India’ and had lauded the sacrifice of the people for the dam. The dam saw 26,501 families being shifted from the 249 revenue villages which got submerged in the reservoir. While none is sure how many among them got compensation, there is no denying that it was one of the biggest human displacements and the State Government forgot about their resettlement and rehabilitation after displacement. The fact that paltry compensation of many families remain unclaimed till date and speaks volumes about the apathy of the Government towards the displaced.

Despite their sacrifice, the displaced dreamt of a bridge over the river to stay connected with their fellow kith and kin residing on either side of the reservoir. Since it was a long distance from Lakhanpur to Sambalpur, approximately 110 km, the bridge was the only way to reduce the distance. This had led Rampella Gountia, Late Loknath Panda, the then Chairman of Lakhanpur block Girdhari Panda and Communist leader Prasanna Kumar Panda to raise the issue in all forums, including the State Assembly. Finally, the State Government, in the 80’s, sanctioned Rs 22 crore for the bridge.

It was only after the boat tragedy which claimed 31 lives in 2014 that the Government finally took serious note of the demand and Naveen laid the foundation stone of the 2.5 km bridge at an estimated cost of Rs 117.5 crore. But the objective clearly envisages that the bridge will provide a new link between the coalfields of MCL in Jharsuguda and State Highway-10 near Rengali.