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    Realtor held for Rs 5 crore fraud

    Debabrata Mohapatra| TNN | Jan 31, 2018, 17:19 IST

    BHUBANESWAR: The economic offences wing (EOW) of Odisha Crime Branch here on Wednesday arrested a realtor for allegedly reneging on a deal to provide houses to a number of persons and cheating them to the tune of nearly Rs 5 crore.

    EOW registered the cheating case against Jagat Jiban Nayak - managing director of Orissa Homes Private Limited - who allegedly collected the money from 115 persons between 2011 and 2014.

    The victims lodged complaints with the EOW a few days ago. Earlier, the Nayapalli police here in August 2014 had registered a cheating case against Nayak and some of his staffers.

    "We are probing the financial transactions of Nayak and his company. We will also find out whether he diverted the money anywhere. Prima facie, we found evidence of cheating against him," inspector general (EOW) R K Sharma said. EOW said Nayak collected money from people to provide them flats at Kuha in Jatni area on the city outskirts under a project, namely Anand Homes. Sources said Anand Homes project offered 2BHK flats at a price of between Rs 12 lakh and Rs 14 lakh.

    "I had booked a flat in 2011 and have so far paid nearly Rs 9 lakh. I was assured to take possession of my home by paying the remaining Rs 3 lakh in 2014. But Nayak is yet to hand over my property," said Anil Rout, a victim. "We were forced to wait for so many years as he kept assuring us to provide homes," Rout said. In November, a number of duped buyers staged demonstration outside Nayak's residence in Sailashree Vihar area and demanded refunds. "We were attacked by his staffers and security guards when we approached his office in Nayapalli area in August 2014. We had lodged a complaint. But the police arrested a security guard and three employees. Police protected Nayak," said Sailesh Sahoo, another victim.

    Nayapalli police said Nayak was then on the run and later availed anticipatory bail from Orissa high court. Police said 50-year-old Nayak started his real estate business in 2008-09. Nayak, who graduated in automobiles engineering from Chennai, was working in a private company before he started his own business.

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      Odisha: Chief secretary directs collectors to expedite implementation of housing schemes

      Sujit kumar bisoyi| TNN | Jan 30, 2018, 19:53 IST
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      BHUBANESWAR: Chief secretary A P Padhi on Tuesday asked all district collectors to monitor effective implementation of the rural and urban housing schemes in Odisha.

      Reviewing progress through videoconferencing from the state secretariat, Padhi asked the district collectors to ensure that housing targets set for each district must be achieved by March-end.

      The review was in view of the government's announcement to convert all kutcha houses into pucca houses by 2019. The ruling BJD has also promised it in its manifesto ahead of 2014 assembly polls.

      The meeting revealed that over 14,50,294 housing units have been constructed in rural areas since 2014-15 fiscal year under various schemes like Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana, Indira Awas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and housing schemes for mining affected and construction workers.

      An official statement issued by the chief secretary's office said the state government constructed over 3.14 lakh houses in 2017-18 financial year alone.

      Similarly, under the Odisha Urban Housing Mission (OUHM), the state government has targeted to construct 49,142 housing units for the urban poor. "While over 29,166 units are under various stages of completion, the chief secretary directed collectors to issue work orders for remaining units and to ensure their timely completion," said an official.

      Housing and urban development secretary G Mathi Vathanan said on the basis of feedback received from the district collectors, funding pattern under OUHM has been streamlined.

      As the fund was earlier released by OUHM authorities, now the state government has empowered the district collectors to release the amount. Hence, the amount would also be released in three different installments.

      The chief secretary also directed the collectors to upload photographs of housing unit along with the beneficiaries in the respective websites.

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        110 families of Berhampur slum finally get permanent homes

        Hrushikesh Mohanty| TNN | Updated: Feb 3, 2018, 15:54 IST
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        BERHAMPUR: For Anwar Khan, a slum resident of Getta near Corporation Road in Silk City, Friday is a day he will not forget soon. With a new home at Somnath Nagar, at a housing complex constructed under the Prime Minister Awas Yojana by the Berhampur Municipal Corporation, Anwar's is one of the 110 families who were shifted to the new four-storey building meant for them.

        Most of the shifted families - all from minority communities - were victims of a fire which had taken place in the slum on January 18 and rendered them homeless.

        "Initially, the slum dwellers were reluctant to shift to the new houses, as they would have had to pay 10 per cent of the cost of the house. We have convinced them that it is for their own benefit and arranged for bank loans for them," said Mamata Bisoi, corporator of ward 17 of the BeMC.

        Dwellers of the slum, built illegally on land belonging to the Berhampur Development Authority (BDA), had been eviction by the BDA.

        Berhampur MLA Ramesh Chandra Chyaupatnaik, BeMC mayor K Madhavi and commissioner Chakravati Singh Rathore visited the new housing site and inspected the infrastructure facilities there. "The houses were allotted through the lottery system. This is the first such initiative of the government's plan to make Berhampur slum-free and provide housing to all by 2022," said the MLA.

        Each apartment is around 300 square feet and has a bedroom, a kitchen, a dinning-cum-drawing room, a bathroom and a toilet. "Additional facilities under the project include a community hall, roads, drainage, piped drinking water and electricity," said assistant executive engineer of the BeMC Nageswar Subudhi.

        The cost of each house unit is Rs 4 lakh. Out of the total cost of the house unit, 75 and 15 per cent have been borne by the Central and state governments respectively. "The beneficiary will pay the rest," Subudhi said.

        Some occupants, mainly the elderly and persons with disability have expressed difficulties in climbing the four-storey residential building. Subudhi, however, said the building was constructed according to the guidelines of the scheme and were approved by the government.

        The BeMC has targeted the construction of 3,152 houses under the PMAY (Urban). "Of these, the construction of around 2,000 units is afoot. The slum dwellers of other pockets would be allotted similar houses after completion," an official source said.

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          Cuttack fire: District housing regulatory bodies in the line of fire

          Debabrata Mohapatra| TNN | Updated: Feb 5, 2018, 11:15 IST
          The Odisha fire services has planned to launch online receipt of applications for quick delivery of fire safety certificates.

          Bhubaneswar: The fire mishap at a garment store in Cuttack on Sunday has put the the housing regulatory bodies in the districts under the scanner for allegedly approved building plans by compromising on safety norms.

          "Our law (Orissa Fire Service Act 1993) does not permit us to check each and every highrise and commercial building across the state. It clearly says the onus of applying for fire certificates lies on the owners of the buildings concerned. They must first apply for fire safety licence. Only then can we inspect the buildings and grant certificates," said a senior fire services officer.

          At present, the development authorities in the districts are authorized to approve building plans only if the applicants (owners of buildings) comply with the necessary fire safety norms besides other riders set by the authorities.

          "We receive very few applications, referred to by the development authorities. Law also permits defaulters to approach us directly, seeking inspection of their buildings and subsequent fire safety certificate. But people ignore the fire safety norms," the officer said, adding that the housing regulatory bodies should not approve such plans if they find violation of fire safety compliance.

          Ever since the Orissa Fire Service Act 1993 was framed in October last year, the fire personnel have been conducting surprise raids on shopping malls, hotels, hospitals and apartments. Officials were shocked to find little fire prevention and safety measures at those units. Deadlines were issued to the defaulters for putting in place adequate fire safety mechanism, but to no avail

          "We do not think the owners of buildings will wake up unless stringent action is taken against them. Police cases should be registered against errant builders for endangering the lives of people," said Siddharth Das, a senior lawyer.

          The Odisha fire services has planned to launch online receipt of applications for quick delivery of fire safety certificates. All fire stations will be equipped with computers to start the online system at the earliest.

          The state has over 310 fire stations across its 30 districts. The issue of fire safetyassumed significance in the wake of the fire tragedy at SUM Hospital in October 2016. At least 20 patients had died in the fire.

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            Dug-up road traps Shastri Nagar locals

            Minati Singha| TNN | Feb 6, 2018, 09:03 IST
            BHUBANESWAR: Residents of Shastri Nagar have been under house arrest for the past five days, thanks to the construction of drains on both sides of the road passing through the area.

            Senior citizens requiring ambulances are being physically carried to them, while children are having to walk down a few hundred metres to board their school vans. The construction has also forced two-wheeler riders to risk life and limb while navigating the narrow strip of the road left for use.

            "The contractor and the local counsellor had assured us that work on one side of the road would begin only after the other side was done. Now both sides of the road have been dug up. We are not able to take out our cars, nor are other vehicles being able to enter the locality. Patients and senior citizens are the most affected," said G N Mohanty, a resident of Shastri Nagar.

            "It is very unsafe to ride two-wheelers on this road, especially if children or women are riding pillion. There is no end to the ordeal as construction work has been on for months now," said Ratnakar Pani, a resident of Ekamra Villa. Citizens said lack of planning and monitoring by the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) had led to the problem. "It is common sense that construction must be done in phases so that people don't suffer. Either the contractor has done this deliberately or the authorities have turned a blind eye," said Soudamini Sahu, a senior citizen of Unit-6.

            In response to a tweet, the BMC said, "Drainage work will completed within a week."

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              Rs 5,252 crore allocated for railway projects in Odisha

              Hemanta Pradhan| TNN | Feb 6, 2018, 20:35 IST
              BHUBANESWAR: The Centre has allocated Rs 5,252 crore in the Union Budget 2018 for different railway projects in the state. It is the highest budgetary allocation to the state till date. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik had demanded Rs 6,500 crore from the Centre this year for development of railway infrastructure in the state.

              This year, the railway has focused on speedy construction of old projects. In view of this, it has sanctioned the highest amount of Rs 625 crore for the old and much-touted project, 289-km long Khurda-Bolangir new line. This project sanctioned in 1996-97 will connect western part of the state to coastal Odisha. It also sanctioned Rs 300 crore for Talcher-Bimalagarh new line, Rs 200 crore for Angul-Sukinda new line and Rs 200 crore for Haridaspur-Paradeep new line.

              Other important new projects like Jeypore-Nabarangpur (38 km) and Jeypore-Malkangiri (127 km) new lines received Rs 150 crore and Rs 95 crore respectively. Railways sanctioned Rs 220 crore each for Sambalpur-Talcher doubling and Budapank-Salegaon doubling projects.

              Keeping station development works in mind, the Railways has sanctioned Rs 215 crore for creation of a platform and laying of two lines on the side of Platform 1 at Bhubaneswar railway station. It is also planning to start some long-distance trains from Bhubaneswar New station. For that purpose, it will create a link line between Mancheswar coaching complex and Bhubaneswar New station for starting of trains.

              It will also introduce Automatic Train Management System at Khurda Road at the cost of Rs 63 crore. Through this system, the ECoR will control all the trains passing 99 stations of Khurda Road division. A sum of Rs 31 crore has been sanctioned for the project.

              The Railways has sanctioned Rs 563 crore to electrify all the routes of the ECoR. Now the ECoR has 464-km-long un-electrified rail lines. It has also sanctioned Rs 100 crore for development of stations across the ECoR.

              Among other small allocations, Railways will provide Rs 16 crore for maintenance of LHB coaches (modern coaches) in Mancheswar Carriage Repair workshop in Bhubaneswar. Railways had sanctioned five new rail lines in Odisha last year, but no such announcement has been made this year. It had sanctioned survey work of 11 newlines, doubling, third lines and fourth lines in the state last budget, but this year it has announced to conduct survey work of 200-km-long Talcher-Gopalpur (Ganjam) new line. Besides, it has sanctioned survey work of two flyovers at Singapur Road in Rayagada district and Baghuapal near Sukinda station.

              Last year, the Central government had allocated Rs 5,102 crore for railway sector of Odisha against the state demand of Rs 5,870 crore. The allocation was Rs 4,682 crore in 2016-17 and Rs 3,712 crore in 2015-16, official sources said.


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                Bhubaneswar: Pollution panel penalises BMC for fire at waste dump yard

                Riyan Ramanath V| Feb 6, 2018, 19:38 IST The BMC officials said they sent two fire engines to the site to douse the flames.

                BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha State Pollution Control Board(OSPCB) on Tuesday slapped a fine (environmental compensation) of Rs 25,000 on Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) for open burning of municipal solid waste at the designated dump yard at Bhuasuni near Daruthengavillage on the outskirt of city.

                On the basis of a complaint by locals, the OSPCB officials inspected the site and found massive fire at the dump site.

                "Although the cause of the fire is yet to be known, it is the responsibility of the BMC to ensure that the waste are not burnt in open. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had clearly prohibited open burning of the waste," said OSPCB regional officer (Bhubaneswar) Hadibandhu Panigrahi.

                The pollution board issued a notice to the BMC commissioner Krishan Kumar and asked him to stop open burning immediately. "BMC is having the sole responsibility for such illegal activity. You are directed to stop open burning and file compliance report," said the OSPCB letter to the BMC commissioner.

                OSPCB officials said open burning of solid waste which is in this case is fixed with piles of polythene, leave dioxin and furan as well as carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, which are dangerous if mixed with ambient air.

                The BMC has been dumping municipal solid waste at Daruthenga, a village which is not under BMC. Around 500 metric tonne of garbage is dumped every day. The waste dumping has been opposed by the villagers, who have moved the NGT against BMC.

                BMC officials said they sent two fire engines to the site to douse the flames. "Fire engines were pressed into extinguishing the fire. Since smoke was billowing out of the dump, the firemen may need at least five hours to completely douse the flames," said a BMC officer.

                BMC deputy commissioner (sanitation) Lalatendu Sahu said the fire might be accidental. "We are not able to landfill the waste as the matter is currently in the court (sub-judice). We have also geared up plans for segregation of waste so as to avoid mixing with other household waste," he told TOI. He added that they would examine the fine imposed on BMC and file a compliance report.

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                  Cuttack Development Authority to launch crackdown against illegal commercial establishments

                  Binita Jaiswal| TNN | Feb 6, 2018, 20:00 IST
                  CUTTACK: Awaking from its slumber after the fire mishap at a garment showroom in Palamandap locality, the Cuttack Development Authority (CDA) has formed a high level committee to identify illegal commercial establishments in the city.

                  The committee comprising CDA's law officer and enforcement squad will conduct surprise raids on different shops, showrooms and malls in the city and check whether the establishments have proper building approval and other necessary permissions to run. The committee will also check if there has been any illegal construction at the commercial complex. On basis of the committee findings, legal action will be initiated against the violators.

                  On a priority basis, the committee will start its crackdown from Palamandap and Badambadi localities, the major commercial hub in the city. "We have to chalk out a proper modus operandi to make the drive effective. The committee is busy in making the blueprint and will launch the crackdown from next week," said vice-chairman of CDA, Sarat Chandra Nayak.

                  "No leniency will be showed to those who have violated the approved building plan and made illegal constructions to run commercial establishments. For people's safety wherever required necessary demolition will also be carried out," added Nayak. On the other hand, CDA authorities have found new information about the building which housed the showroom that caught fire on Sunday. According to CDA officials, the said building was granted approval in 1998 but it was for residential purpose and not for commercial use.

                  "Though the building had approval, but the owner clearly violated the entire plan. As per the approved plan, only the ground floor should be used for commercial work while the remaining two floors should be used for residential purpose. But the entire building was converted into a garment showroom, which is illegal," said an official of CDA.

                  CDA authorities said as per norms the owners of the building will be given time to make their stand clear on the issue. "If they fail to provide satisfactory answers, we will take measures demolish the structure," said Nayak.


                  Cuttack Development Authority to act against illegal commercial establishments

                  Binita Jaiswal| TNN | Feb 7, 2018, 19:08 IST
                  CUTTACK: After Cuttack Development Authority (CDA), now Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) has also swung into action and decided to act against the commercial establishments which are operating without valid fire safety license and building plan approval.

                  CMC commissioner Bikash Mohapatra said soon notice will be issued to all commercial establishments directing that those who have not submitted their fire safety license and building plan approval while getting trade license from CMC, should produce the same within a fortnight.

                  "After expiry of the deadline, we will conduct surprise raids on commercial establishments to check their documents. If we found that they have not complied with our order then their trade license will be cancelled immediately," said Mohapatra. CMC officials said only after submission of necessary documents trade license of the violators will be renewed. Trade license from the civic body is mandatory for operating any commercial establishment in the city.

                  The move comes after authorities found that the garment showroom building at Palamandap locality, which caught fire on February 4, was illegal. During probe, it was found that the building construction was deviated from the actual approved plan by CDA.

                  CMC officials said there is a clear norm that while seeking trade license from the civic body the commercial establishment owners should produce necessary documents related to fire safety and building approval. But the norm is hardly followed in letter and spirit.

                  "The garment showroom incident is a glaring example as how commercial establishments in Cuttack have managed to get trade license throwing the norms to wind. This is just a tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of such shops and showrooms which are operating from illegal structures. This is high time we need to deal with the violators with an iron hand,"said a senior CMC official.

                  Mohapatra said notices will be issued to all commercial establishments next week to submit the necessary documents. "We don't want to be unfair. Adequate time will be given to the commercial establishments to submit fire safety and building approval documents after that only we will launch our crackdown," said Mohapatra.

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                    Cuttack Municipal Corporation to hold cleanliness contest among wards

                    Binita Jaiswal| TNN | Feb 8, 2018, 19:39 IST
                    CUTTACK: To encourage citizens to keep their locality clean, the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) has decided to conduct cleanliness contest among the 59 wards in the Millennium city.

                    The cleanest ward will be felicitated by CMC authorities. To implement the project, sanitation committee has been formed in each ward. The ward consisting of local corporator, senior citizens, intellectuals, puja committee members and other important persons of the locality will take measures to keep their wards clean.

                    "We have educated the committees about the parameters on which their wards will be judged and given them a month's time to improve things. A team of CMC will examine the wards and select the cleanest one for the award," said deputy commissioner of CMC, Nirupama Swain. The result of the contest will be announced in March.

                    "Such an initiative has turned a big hit in Hyderabad and we are hopeful the move will yield desired results in Cuttack too," added Swain. CMC is also planning to give some cash reward to the winners to boost their morale.

                    Swain said as part of the competition the wards will be ranked based on a set of parameters such as segregation at source into dry and wet waste, cleanliness of community and public toilets, cleaning of commercial areas, removal of garbage vulnerable points, free of open urination and defecation. The wards will also be asked to identify the most clean school or market area in their locality.

                    The CMC officials said the initiative will start a healthy competition among the wards and will help in maintaining the city neat and clean.

                    "CMC will completely cooperate in the sanitation work but it is a fact that we cannot make the city clean without cooperation of the people," added Swain.

                    The CMC on Thursday conducted a meeting of different stakeholders like schools, colleges, social organizations and puja committees and urged them to create awareness among people to keep city clean for the forthcoming Swachh Sarvekshan (cleanliness survey). It is important to mention that last year Cuttack ranked 204 in the Swachh Sarvekshan list,which was conducted in 434 cities and towns across the country. However, this year CMC is focusing to improve its rank.

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                      CDA committee to identify illegal buildings

                      Binita Jaiswal| TNN | Updated: Feb 7, 2018, 10:42 IST
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                      CUTTACK: Jolted by the recent fire at a garments showroom in Palamandap, the Cuttack Development Authority (CDA) has formed a high-level committee to identify all illegal commercial establishments in the city.

                      The committee, comprising CDA's law officer and enforcement squad, will conduct raids on different shops, showrooms and malls in the city to check whether they have approvals and other permissions to operate. The committee will also check if there has been any illegal construction at the complexes. On the basis of the committee's findings, legal action will be initiated against the violators.

                      "The committee will begin its crackdown in Palamandap and Badambadi first," said CDA vice-chairman, Sarat Chandra Nayak. "We have to chalk out steps to make the drive effective. The committee is fine-tuning the plan and we will start work from next week," Nayak said.

                      Meanwhile, the CDA has found more information about the building that housed the garments showroom which caught fire on Sunday. Officials of the CDA said the building had been granted approval in 1998 but only for residential purposes and not for commercial use.

                      "The building had an approval but the owner clearly violated the plan. As per the approved plan, only the ground floor should have been used for commercial work while the remaining two floors should have been used for residential purpose. However, the entire building was illegally converted into a garments showroom," said an official of the CDA.


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