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    Govt mulls conversion of 30,000 diesel autos to CNG

    TNN | Updated: Jun 8, 2018, 09:26 IST (Representative image)

    BHUBANESWAR: The state government is planning to convert 30,000 diesel-run auto-rickshaws in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack into CNG-run ones with an aim to make the twin cities pollution-free.

    CNG, which stands for compressed natural gas, is an environment-friendly fuel. It does not contain impurities like lead and sulphur like the other conventional fuels. "An auto-rickshaw can get a mileage of 120kmph from four kg of CNG," said an official of the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL).

    CNG was first launched in Bhubaneswar on December 16 last year. As many as 50 CNG-run autos and 17 scooters were launched on the day. The number has gone up to 800 auto-rickshaws, 40 cars and 20 scooters operating through CNGs.

    Commerce and transport secretary G Srinivas said the department has discussed the conversion of nearly 30,000 existing auto-rickshaws plying in the twin cities to CNG with the GAIL authorities. He has asked them to submit a plan of expenditure for such conversion, so that the government can initiate the future course of action.

    "A meeting with different vehicle associations like that of truck, bus and auto-rickshaws will be held to discuss the conversion of diesel vehicles to CNG. The GAIL will submit a proposal indicating specific locations and the space required in the city for setting up of CNG stations," said Srinivas. At present, the city has two CNG-filling stations at Patia and Chandrasekharpur. Two more such stations are likely to come up at Khandagiri and Tamando in Bhubaneswar soon. "We have planned to open two CNG stations in Cuttack city by the second week of this month. We will also set up two more stations in the capital by the end of this year," said a senior GAIL official.

    Ashutosh Karnatak, director (projects) of GAIL, had told media persons on December 15 last year that his company plans to build 15 CNG stations in Bhubaneswar and 10 others in Cuttack in a phasewise manner. Padman Kumar Samal, general secretary, Bhubaneswar Auto Rickshaw Mahasangha said they will be happy to convert their autos to a CNG set-up from diesel. "CNG autos give a better mileage than diesel-run vehicles. It will be helpful for us. But we need more CNG stations to refill the autos," he added.











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      City gas distribution project to cover 85% population of Odisha

      Hemanta Pradhan| TNN | Jun 9, 2018, 22:47 IST Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan

      BHUBANESWAR: City gas distribution (CGD) project, piped gas distribution network of the ministry of petroleum and natural gas, will cover 85 per cent of population of the state. It will provide gas services to 17 districts of the state through pipeline.

      Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan said this while attending the 9th CGD bidding round roadshow here on Saturday. The roadshow was organised by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) here to attract investors for the project. Such roadshows have been organised in New Delhi recently.

      Pradhan said PNGRB has identified seven geographical areas covering 17 districts of the state for the Ninth Bidding Round for the investors. These include, Angul, Dhenkanal, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj, Bargarh, Deogarh, Sambalpur, Gnajam, Nayagarh, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Jajpur and Keonjhar. “Almost half of Odisha will come under the CGD project. It will not only reduce pollution, but also create employment opportunities,” he added.

      Pradhan said two synthetic natural gas (SNG) projects will come up at Talcher and Paradip. In these projects, gas will be produced from coal. While Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) will set up the project at Talcher, IOCL’s project will come up at Paradip, he added.

      D K Sarraf, chairperson of PNGRB, said around Rs 7,000 crore will be invested for the gas projects in the state including CGD. It will create thousands of direct and indirect employment. The construction of LNG terminal at Dhamra in Bhadrak district with an investment of Rs 6000 crore will convert liquid gases imported from USA, Australia and Qatar into gaseous form and supply through the pipelines. The pipeline work has also been started in the state under Urja Ganga Project, he added. Besides, the ministry is planning to extend the Kakinada-Srikakulam gas pipeline to Angul in Odisha. It will cover several left-out areas in the CGD project. “We are also planning to have another gas project at Gopalpur in Ganjam district. Details on the projects will come soon,” said Sarraf.

      The City Gas Distribution (CGD) project in the state is implemented by the GAIL (India) Limited, a government-owned natural gas transmission company. City’s like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai have these facilities before.








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        Centre, state tussle delays Bhubaneswar station redevelopment work

        Hemanta Pradhan| TNN | Updated: Jun 10, 2018, 17:00 IST



        BHUBANESWAR: The proposed re-development of Bhubaneswar railway station is caught in a tug-of-war between the Centre and state over the venue for signing of the MoU. Initially, both parties agreed to sign the MoU on January 20, 2018. It was cancelled over some administrative inconvenience, official sources said.

        On April 27, railways minister Piyush Goyal wrote to chief minister Naveen Patnaikfor signing of the MoU at Rail Bhawan, New Delhi, on May 23. But Naveen on May 21 urged Goyal to come to Bhubaneswar for it.

        Goyal again on May 23 wrote to Naveen asking him to attend the MoU signing at New Delhi on a mutually convenient date at the earliest. The MoU dates have been postponed twice over this tussle thus delaying station work.

        In 2016, the state government engaged the works department to construct the new station building replacing the existing passenger reservation system (PRS) office. The East Coast Railway (ECoR) shifted the PRS office to a temporary shed near the GRP police station in November that year. But the work got delayed further due to design change for Smart City projects.

        On Saturday, finance minister Shashi Bhusan Behera said they want to sign the MoU in Bhubaneswar because the project is for people of Odisha. “The railways should give us a date for the MoU signing ceremony,” he said. Senior railway officers declined to comment.

        Bhubaneswar is the highest revenue earning station in Odisha. It earned Rs 355.4 crore from ticketing and received a record footfall of over 1.68 crore passengers in 2017-18. The state government has agreed to construct a new station building entirely at its own cost on their land and has made budgetary provision of Rs 60 crore for this.

        The existing building of the station will be dismantled and two railway lines and a platform will be constructed by the railways at a cost of about Rs 70 crore increasing the number of platforms to eight. Construction of the third foot overbridge, which is six metres wide, will be completed soon, official sources said. The state government has engaged Surbana Jurong, a Singapore-based firm, to ready the design Smart City projects, including the new railway station building.








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          Smart city Bhubaneswar’s elderly ‘most disrespected’

          Hemanta Pradhan| TNN | Jun 15, 2018, 16:40 IST

          BHUBANESWAR: People from the state capital, generally known to be of a quiet and sweet temperament, have not only been dismissive of the senior citizens in their family and society, but also disrespectful enough for 82 per cent of them to note that they feel severely slighted in daily life. The percentage, revealed in the latest report of a survey on elder abuse in India, is the highest among all the 23 cities in the country where it was conducted.

          The report, which comes a day before World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, was published by HelpAge India, a non-government organization, and was released on Thursday.

          During the survey, 82 per cent of the elderly people in Bhubaneswar admitted that their family members do not pay any respect to them. Younger persons do not pay heed to suggestions of the elderly in their everyday decision-making process. They do not care for the advice of the elderly, feel the latter. The extreme attention that is given to phones and computers by youngsters and adults is also disrespectful to elders.

          The survey on elder abuse had included male and female people aged more than 60 years. To figure out the extent of elder abuse in cities, it had taken into account six components like disrespect, physical abuse, verbal abuse, financial exploitation, unwelcome or forcible sexual contact and neglect.

          Besides disrespect, 22 per cent of the elderly in the temple city are beaten or slapped by family members or others, 29 per cent face verbal abuse, 31 per cent witness financial exploitation and 29 per cent get neglected in family and society. As many as 87 per cent of the elderly allege rampant prevalence of elder abuse in society.

          The report, shockingly enough, said 23 per cent of the senior citizens in Bhubaneswar confirmed that they have faced elder abuse. Even worse is the national average which is at 25 per cent.

          The top five cities which had a high percentage of elder abuse were Mangalore (47 per cent), Ahmedabad (46), Bhopal (39), Amritsar (35) and Delhi (33).

          Bharati Chakra, Odisha head of HelpAge India, said the report is an eye opener and it’s high time that everyone should start working towards a better society for the elderly. “The main perpetrators who abuse elders are sons and their spouses, we found,” said Chakra.

          Elderly people opined that they are mainly abused as their children lack resources to meet their financial needs and think of them as burdens. They also included the issue of property as another reason behind sustained abuse. The key reasons behind elderly not reporting abuse were to maintain confidentiality of family mattersand not knowing how to proceed with such reports.

          To deal with elderly abuse effectively, the survey suggested that economic independence of the abused be increased, sensitize children be brought up and intergenerational bonding strengthened. It is also necessary to sensitize young adults, develop effective legal reporting and a redress system.






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            Naveen Patnaik writes to Suresh Prabhu requesting to name Jharsuguda airport after Veer Surendra Sai

            Sujit kumar bisoyi| TNN | Jun 15, 2018, 22:23 IST


            BHUBANESWAR: The state government on Friday proposed the Centre to name the Jharsuguda airport after eminent freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai.

            In a letter to Union civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu, chief minister Naveen Patnaik said there is a public demand to name the Jharsuguda airport, second airport of the state, in the name of Sai.

            The Airport jointly developed by the state government and the Airports Authority of India will be operationalised very soon.

            Naveen said the airport will cater to the need of western parts of the state. Sai also hailed from the western region.

            “Naming the airport in his name will be a fitting tribute to the legendary son of the soil,” Naveen noted in his letter requesting Prabhu to consider his proposal.

            Born on January 23, 1809 in Sambalpur district, Sai sacrificed his life fighting against the British East India Company. Sai and his associates had successfully protected most parts of Western Odisha for some time from British rule.

            The state government has already named the technology university (VSSUT) and medical college (VIMSAR) at Burla after Sai.





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              Odisha will be the steel hub of India: Union steel minister CB Singh

              Minati Singha| TNN | Jun 16, 2018, 22:37 IST

              ANGUL: With a contribution of one third of the total steel production of India, Odishais going to be the steel hub of the country by 2030, said union steel ministerChaudhury Birendra Singh. He was speaking on the inauguration of four core facilities at Jindal Steel and Power Limited’s steel plant in Angul on Saturday.

              "India has planned to increase steel production from the current 134 MTPA to 300 MTPA by 2030. Of this around 30% will be produced in Odisha. With rich mineral resources and skilled human resources Odisha has the potential to produce 100 MT steel alone and can be the steel hub of India," Singh said.

              The 6 metric tonne per annum (MTPA) capacity steel plant constructed with an investment of Rs 35, 000 crore is the first plant in the country to use indigenous coal through coal gasification technology for producing steel.

              The facilities inaugurated at the steel plant include world’s largest synthesis gas-based direct reduced iron (DRI) plant, coal gasification plant, a blast furnace and 3 MTPA basic oxygen furnace. With the modern facilities the plant's production will increase from the current 2.5 MT per month to 5 MT per month by the end of 2018.
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              Singh said, India's steel sector has been growing at an annual growth rate of five per cent. “India has become the second largest steel producer in the world leaving behind Japan and US. With around 28% car of the world to be manufactured in India we need high quality steel.”

              He further added that at present international scenario the per capita consumption of steel is 208 kg while in India the per capita consumption stood at 67 kg. “We have targeted to achieve 160 kg per capita consumption by 2030,” he added.

              Union Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan lauded JSPL’s efforts to use the latest technology in the plant which will help in reducing pollution levels. “The steel plant helped in creating employment and alleviating poverty in the region.” He said, JSPL chairman Naveen Jindal has agreed to allow the use of Jindal airstrip in the Udaan scheme for the benefit of the locals.

              Speaking on the occasion Jindal said, “We are trying many new and innovative things in steel making like using pet coke from Paradip refinery, try for coal linkage from MCL, use imported coal and may use cocoon gas in the DRI plant. In a month we would be able to run the plant in full capacity. Now the plant is running with 2.5 lakh MT per month and increasing it every month. The coal requirement of the plant is around two million tonnes per annum.” The plant has given direct employment to 15,000 people and in coming day the employment will increase up to 25,000, he said.






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                Chandikhole stretch of NH-16 turns death trap

                TNN | Jun 17, 2018, 12:58 IST
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                BHUBANESWAR: Fatalities from accidents on the Bhubaneswar-Chandikhole section of NH-16, which is being widened from four lanes to six over the past several years, increased by 28% between 2016 and 2017.

                According to official figures, the 67-km stretch, managed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), saw 132 deaths in 2017 as compared to 95 in 2016. The project to widen the road from Bhubaneswar to Chandikhole began in 2011. The estimated cost of the project was Rs 1,400 crore but was revised to Rs 1,586 crore. Itis expected to be completed this year.

                Officials and locals who use the highway pointed out several reasons for the rise in fatal accidents. The two factors that kept coming up were the lack of underpasses and the presence of settlements by the side of the highway. Prakash Mahalik, a resident of Gandarpur in Cuttack, said the lack of underpasses led to most of the accidents.

                "We need an underpass at Link Road and Gandarpur in Cuttack. In these areas, the service road directly meets the highway. Motorists speeding on the service roads often come very close to heavy vehicles when they emerge on the highway. An underpass would reduce the risk of accidents," he said, adding that the NHAI had not installed proper signs in some places on the highway, near Cuttack.

                Ranjoy Sahu, a resident of Pandara in Bhubaneswar, said Puri Junction Road and Naharakanta Chak on the highway were vulnerable to accidents because of ongoing road construction. Chief general manager and regional officer of NHAI (Odisha) Dharmananda Sarangi said 96.5 per cent of the six-laning work had been completed. "Ongoing work at Naharkanta, Puri Junction and some service roads will be completed quickly," he said. Sarangi also explained that the presence of settlements along the highway at Naharkanta, on the outskirts of the city, led to accidents. "Nineteen families live by the side of the road here. We paid them compensation but they didn't move," he said.

                G Srinivas, commerce and transport secretary, said the state government had been taking steps to check accidents. "We have pointed out black spots on the roads and asked SPs to enforce traffic, he added.








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                  Foot overbridge in city station is ready for public use

                  Hemanta Pradhan| TNN | Jun 18, 2018, 22:42 IST
                  The third foot overbridge (FOB) connecting platform 1 to 6 of Bhubaneswar railway station was opened for publi... Read More

                  BHUBANESWAR: The third foot overbridge (FOB) connecting platform 1 to 6 of Bhubaneswar railway station was opened for public use on Monday. It was constructed in view of heavy rush in the station during morning and evening time.

                  East Coast Railway (ECoR) sources said the six-metre wide FOB is the largest one in the state. Its length is 72 meters touching all six platforms. A total of Rs 4 crore has been spent for the project.

                  The work was sanctioned by the Railway Board on January 17. Work was started on January 19 and completed on Monday with a record time of 150 days. The ECoR opened the FOB soon in the evening after completion of the work in the morning, official sources said.

                  Elphinstone station tragedy in Mumbai had prompted the ECoR to come up with a wide FOB. ECoR general manager Umesh Singh had taken the decision last year to construct another FOB in the station.

                  Braj Mohan Agarwal, divisional railway manager of Khurda Road, said most of the works were being executed in night time due to movement of passengers during the daytime. “General manager had set a target to complete the bridge work within six months. But we completed it in five months,” he added.

                  The existing two FOBs witness heavy rush between 9.30 am to 10.30 am and 4 pm to 5 pm daily. Sometimes the FOBs get crowded when two or three passenger trains reach or leave the station at the same time. The station receives a footfall of around 80,000 passengers and handles on an average 200 trains every day.

                  Agarwal said the passengers are increasing day by day in the A1 station and existing two FOBs are inadequate to cater the requirement. This new FOB was highly essential to address this problem, he added.

                  The city railway station has managed to earn revenue of Rs 355.4 crore from ticketing in 2017-18. It has also received record footfall of more than 1.68 crore passengers during the last financial year.







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                    Odisha to engage FICCI for the second 'Make in Odisha' conclave

                    Sujit kumar bisoyi| TNN | Jun 22, 2018, 21:36 IST


                    BHUBANESWAR: After snapping ties with industry association CII, the state government has roped in FICCI to be its industry partner for the forthcoming Make in Odishaevent and investment promotion activities.

                    Established in 1927, the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is one of the oldest business organizations in India. On June 8, the state industries department disengaged the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as the industry partner months after it communicated its inability to participate in the conclave.

                    “After discussion with the state government, business body--FICCI has agreed to be part of the Make in Odisha conclave,” said industries minister Ananta Das.

                    The second edition of the Make in Odisha, the biennial conclave is scheduled from 11th to 15th November here.

                    According to official sources, FICCI would help the state government in organizing investment promotion activities within the country and abroad in the run up to the biennial investors’ meet. It would also assist the state government to ensure participation of corporate majors in the biz conclave in November.

                    CII had partnered with the state government to organize the first edition of the Make in Odisha conclave in November-December 2016 during which the state government received investment intent worth more than Rs 2 lakh crore.

                    Decision of the business association not to participate the biz conclave had triggered a political row as the ruling BJD blamed Jagi Mangat Panda, CII’s easternzone chairperson and wife of former MP Baijayant Panda behind the move. Brushing aside the charges, Jagi had said not to drag her into politics.

                    The CII’s decision had also forced its Odisha chapter chairperson and vice chairperson to resign from their positions.

                    Meanwhile, the industries minister informed that a delegation led by him would visit and conduct roadshows in Germany, Italy and Saudi Arabia to showcase Odisha’s investment potential and to attract investment in various sector.

                    “Besides officials from the state government, top executives from nine companies will be part of the delegation,” Das said.

                    The state government looks for investments in focus sectors like ancillary and downstream in metal, food processing including seafood, apparel and textile, electronics manufacturing, chemical, plastic and petrochemical and tourism to create more employment opportunities.

                    Over 60 per cent of the projects, which were received during the Make in Odisha in 2016 has already been approved and under various stages of implementation, said the industries minister.








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                      Odisha cabinet clears alienation of govt land for Khurda-Balangir railway line

                      Sujit kumar bisoyi| TNN | Jun 21, 2018, 20:09 IST

                      BHUBANESWAR: The state cabinet on Thursday approved alienation of government land measuring 881.745 acres in favour of the Union ministry of railways for construction of Daspalla-Balangir segment of the crucial Khurda-Balangir rail line.

                      “The land in Nayagarh, Boudh, Sonepur and Balangir will be alienated free of cost as promised by the state government earlier,” chief secretary A P Padhi told reporters after the cabinet meeting.

                      The project, to be passed through some of economically backward and inaccessible districts like Nayagarh, Boudh, Sonepur and Balangir, was approved in 1994-95. It could not make any headway for years due to poor progress in land acquisition and lack of adequate fund.

                      For expeditious implementation of the 177-km Daspalla-Balangir stretch, the state government agreed to bear 50 per cent of the project cost and to provide land free of cost.

                      “Since the cabinet has already approved for alienation of 881 acres of government land, it would soon be handed over to the railway authorities. The process to acquire over 2000 acres of private and forest land is also one and it will be completed in next six months,” said a senior state government official.

                      Of the 289-km Khurda Road-Balangir rail project, the railway ministry has already commissioned 66-km Khurda Road-Nayagarh stretch. The project is expected to complete by 2020.

                      As the Centre has already notified only 1235 acres of total 2970 acres of land allotted to Tata Steel and special economic zone (SEZ) near Chhatrapur in Ganjam, the cabinet cleared a proposal allowing the company to utilize remaining 1735 acres to set up private industrial park.

                      Tata Steel Special Economic Zone Limited is a 100 per cent subsidiary of Tata Steel Limited. As the anchor tenant, Tata Steel has invested over Rs 500 crore on a ferro chrome plant with an annual production capacity of 55,000 tonnes.

                      The company is also in touch with global investors to set up ancillary and downstream industries in the SEZ. Among others, the cabinet also approved a proposal regarding lease of 181.77 acres of government land near Sambalpur in favour of IIM-Sambalpur to set up its permanent campus. The government sanctioned the land free of cost. The campus has been functioning from a private technical institute.

                      The cabinet also cleared a proposal regarding exemption of land premium of Rs 25 lakh in favour of Adim Owar Jarpa, a socio, educational and cultural tribal outfit, for one acre of land allotted to it long back in the capital city.







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