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Sambalpur plant faces flak from pollution board

Production at the Bhusan Power and Steel Limited in Sambalpur’s Thelkolei village came to a standstill on Monday evening when power supply was stopped to the plant for not adhering to pollution norms. Officials of Orissa State Pollution Control Board said the company did not take any step to check pollution despite repeated reminders. So the step was taken with the help of the district administration.

“We have repeatedly directed the company management to take pollution control measures. But the company paid no heed. So the board issued the closure notice to the company on October 12 and asked the company to rectify the observations of the board with regards to pollution. To implement the order, steps were taken yesterday to disconnect power supply to the company”, officer of the Sambalpur regional pollution control board H N Nayak said on Tuesday.

Officials of the company admitted that power supply was disconnected on Monday. “The operation of the kilns no 1,2 ,4 and 8 along with cold rolling mill have been closed as per the direction of the board. This has severely affected production in the company”, a HR official of Bhusan Power and Steel Ltd said. tnn

Sambalpuri Saree

Sambalpuri Saree is a traditional handwoven Ikkat sari or saree (locally called shadhi) wherein the warp and the weft are tie-dyed before weaving, produced in the Bargarh, Sonepur, Sambalpur and nearby districts of Odisha. Saree being a traditional female garment in the Indian Subcontinent.[1], a strip of unstitched cloth, ranging from four to nine metres in length that is draped over the body in various styles.

Sambalpuri sarees are known for their traditional motifs, like shankha (shell), chakra (wheel), phula (flower) with deep symbolism, but the highpoint of these sarees is traditional craftsmanship of the ‘Bandhakala’, the Tie-dye art reflected in their intricate weaves, also known as Sambalpuri “Ikkat”. In this technique, the threads are first tie-dyed and later woven into a fabric, with entire process taking many weeks. These sarees first became popular outside the state, when later Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi started wearing them, soon in the eighties and nineties, they became a popular across India [2]. To provide protection to the weavers practicing this art, the handloom silk sarees manufactured in Sambalpur and Berhampur (Berhampur Pattu) in Orissa would soon be included in the Government of India’s Geographical Indications (GI) registry.

VSS Medical College

Veer Surendra Sai Medical College (VSSMC) is a premier Government run Medical College & Hospital in the Indian state of Orissa. Established in 1959, it is one of the oldest institutes of Orissa for imparting highly specialized medical education in both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. VSS, as it is popularly known, is recognized, regulated and monitored by the Medical Council of India (MCI) in charge of the medical education in India. Recently in 2009, this institution celebrated its Golden Jubilee.


VSS Medical College is located in Burla, a small picturesque town on the banks of the mighty Mahanadi River in Sambalpur district of Western Orissa, only 15 km away from the City of Sambalpur. Burla is a laid back town in nature’s lap. Known as the Education City, it also hosts the Sambalpur University and Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, which are only a kilometer away on either side of VSS Medical College.

Located in close vicinity of the Hirakud Dam, world’s longest earthen dam, Burla is famous for its scenic beauty, consisting of large splendid bodies of water with lush green hills forming the backdrop. During the monsoons, the beauty of the place increases manifold with an abundance of colors embellished in the landscape. The fresh, quiet environment provides just the perfect ambiance for study and research activities.


In 1958, to provide a solution to healthcare problems in western Orissa, a decision to set up a medical college, 2nd in state and 54th in the country at Burla, near Sambalpur city was taken by the then Chief Minister of Orissa Dr. Harekrushna Mahatab. Consequently, the Burla Medical College (BMC) came into existence in July, 1959 with 41 boys and 9 girls selected from SCB Medical College, Cuttack to become its first batch of students.

The College started to function in the present OCB building, under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Radhanath Mishra as its first principal. Initially, the MCI refused to recognize BMC, citing gross infrastructural inadequacy. So, a new sprawling campus was designed, complete with main college building, hospital building, hostels and staff quarters and construction began on 12th February, 1961. Upon completion of the work in 1966, the college was shifted to the new campus and it finally got MCI nod in 1967. In 1969,It was rechristened as Veer Surendra Sai Medical College in honor of the great freedom fighter & martyr, the lion of sambalpur , Veer Surendra Sai.

Balangir at a glance

After the setup of Balangir town, the dowager Rani Amrut Kumari built the temple of Gopalji, the earliest temple of the town and caused to be excavated a large tank which was named Pratap Sagar after her husband Maharaja Surpratap Deo. During the rule of Maharaja Dalganjan Singh another defunct tank was re-excavated and was named as Rani Sagar bearing the memory of Rani Amrut Kumari.

Maharaja Ramachandra Deo III established the first English school in Balangir sometime between 1893 and 1895.Maharaja Dalganjan Singh built the two storyed court building and established the Dalganjan press. He made improvement of a big tank called Karanga Kata in the heart of the town and it was named after him as Dala sagar.

A contactor named Parbat Bira built by the time a beautiful temple of God Narasimha.Balangir grew in size and grandeur during the rule of Maharaja Prithiviraj Singh Deo who established the High English School, which was later known as Prithviraj High School (P R High School), a Sanskrit Tol, the George Literary Club and the fine temple of Samaleswari and Patneswari. The construction of the new palace building then known as Badal Mahal was undertaken by him about two miles to the south of the town by the side of the road leading to Titlagarh.It was later named as Sailashri Palace.Prior to this the royal palace was situated at the heart of the town and was known as Sheesh Mahal (currently known as Old Palace).

During the administration of Maharaja Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo the town was beautified by laying out Rajendra Park and by the Rajendra Experimental Farm and construction of several fine buildings.The X-ray ward, the maternity ward and the Dairy farm were started and a Museum for preservation of antiquities was also organised.The town had its first college, Rajendra College Balangir in 1944. In 1962 the Women’s College was started by member of parliament and Rajya Sabha member Sri Krushna Chandra Panda of Rugudi Para, who also established the Govt. Ayurvedic College, Town Boys High school and Town Girls high school amongst many other educational institute.

The town is situated on the right bank of the Lakshmi, a hill-stream which flows in her rocky bed in serpentine course. The stream has been bridged at five places as the town is expanding on the left bank.


Chhattisgarh is a state in Central India, formed when the 16 Chhattisgarhi-speaking South-Eastern districts of Madhya Pradesh gained separate statehood on 1 November 2000.

Raipur is the biggest city and the capital of the state. Chhattisgarh is the 10th-largest state in India with an area of 52,199 sq mi (135,190 km2). By population it ranks as the seventeenth largest state of the nation. It is an important electrical power and steel producing state of India. Chhattisgarh produces 15 per cent of the steel made in the country.

Chhattisgarh borders the states of Madhya Pradesh on the northwest, Maharashtra on the west, Andhra Pradesh on the south, Orissa on the east, Jharkhand on the northeast and Uttar Pradesh on the north.