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    IAS officer convicted in rural housing scam

    BHUBANESWAR: A special vigilance court here Monday convicted a suspended IAS officer, Vinod Kumar, and five others in a Rs 1.02-crore scam in the Odisha Rural Housing Development Corporation (ORHDC) and awarded them rigorous imprisonment of three years. Kumar, a 1989-batch IAS officer and a former managing director of ORHDC, four former officials of the agency and a builder were also ordered by the court to pay fine of Rs 50,000 each, failing which they will have to undergo rigorous imprisonment of six additional months. The six have been convicted of misappropriating ORHDC funds on the pretext of providing flats to 27 people.

    The IAS officer was convicted in a case of financial irregularity of Rs 55 lakh earlier.

    Kumar was arrested on August 10 in the first case soon after he surrendered in the court. The court had pronounced three-year jail term for Kumar and another person.

    After hearing their plea, the high court had granted them interim relief on July 8.

    On Monday, the special vigilance court found Kumar and four others guilty of offences under Prevention of Corruption Act and sections of Indian Penal Code for granting undue official favour, criminal misconduct, forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy and obtaining pecuniary advantage to builder Bijay Kumar Biswal.

    They were held guilty of releasing funds in the guise of 27 individual loans meant for the rural poor in an arbitrary manner without following set guidelines.

    Biswal too was awarded similar sentence.

    Besides Kumar and Biswal, the others convicted are Pradeep Kumar Rout, Swosti Ranjan Mohapatra, Jnanendra Swain and Satya Prakash Behera - all former officers of ORHDC.

    All of them were released on bail under section 389 of CrPC

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      CMC says Cuttack roads to be repaired by October 10



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      CUTTACK: The Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) has drawn up big plans to ensure that the city looks spic and span during Durga Puja.

      The civic body has decided to undertake repair of roads, drains and streetlights on a war footing and Rs 6 crore has been allocated for it. The CMC officials have decided to spend at least Rs 10 lakh on each of the 59 wards to improve the condition of roads and drains.

      "Durga puja is just a month away but roads in the city are in a dilapidated condition. They are filled with craters and potholes and people are worried about it. If roads are not repaired then we will avoid pandal hopping as it will be too strenuous," said a lawyer, Manoj Das.

      However, the CMC authorities have claimed that adequate steps will be taken to complete all road repairs and sanitation work in major areas within the stipulated time. Repair of roads will start within a week. The corporators will supervise our engineers to carry out road repair works in their respective wards. The work will be completed before October 10, said chairman of CMC's standing committee on health and sanitation Ranjan Biswal.

      Biswal added that review meetings will be conducted at regular intervals to ensure that work is going on at a smooth pace. "The areas where roads are in the worst condition will be repaired on a war footing. Besides, drains will also be repaired and at places streetlights will be made functional," he said. At least two sanitation workers will be deployed round the clock near each puja mandap to ensure proper cleaning. Sanitary officers will move around the city to inspect the work.

      Over 150 puja committees will come up in the city. Huge welcome arches and deities decked up with gold and silver tableaux and ornaments are special highlights of Millennium City's puja.








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        Bhubaneswar: Subarnarekha Port construction works to begin from October

        Sujit kumar bisoyi | TNN | Sep 27, 2018, 21:59 IST



        BHUBANESWAR: The state government on Thursday asked the Chennai-based Creative Port Private Limited (CPPL) to start construction of the all-weather commercial port on Subarnarekha river mouth in Balasore district in October.

        The decision was taken at a high-level meeting headed by commerce and transport minister Nrusingha Sahu here at the state secretariat.

        “Several issues related to construction of the port were discussed in the meeting. Around 692 acres of land of total 962 acres has been transferred to the executing agencies to start construction of the port. The remaining land has been acquired and it would be transferred to them shortly,” said Sahu.

        The Chennai-based CPPL had signed an MoU with the state government on December 18, 2006 to develop the port. Recently, steel major Tata Steel has acquired 51 percent equity in the port project from the CPPL.

        As the executing agency has complained about the poor road condition from Baliapal to the port site, the state government has asked them to improve the road.

        The minister said the district collector and superintendent of police have been asked to resolve issues related to agitation by local people.

        The commercial port would be developed with an investment of Rs 4000 crore. It will be completed in 36 months. The port will have an initial capacity of 10 mtpa which will be raised to 40 mtpa over a period of 10 years.

        Balasore district collector Ramesh Chandra Rout said the defence ministry has already given its clearance for the project as the port project is located close to integrated test range at Chandipur in Balasore.








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          Bhubaneswar: Massive demolition drive near Kalinga Stadium ahead of Hockey World Cup

          Hemanta Pradhan | TNN | Updated: Sep 27, 2018, 19:14 IST


          Four excavators (three from BMC and one from BDA) along with a cow catcher van from BMC were engaged in the eviction drive

          BHUBANESWAR: Joint squads of BDA, BMC and Smart City with the help of the commissionerate police demolished slums near the boundary wall of Kalinga Stadium adjacent to gate number 1 in the wake of the coming Men’s Hockey World Cup.

          The eviction drive was conducted along the Behera Sahi road. As many as 31 structures from Gauda Basti in Nayapalli area were demolished, which were occupying the side areas of the stadium creating a cluttered look. The demolished structures were 21 asbestos or tin covered houses, five tin covered shops, three thatched houses and two thatched cowsheds.

          The stadium, which has successfully hosted the Asian Athletics Championship last year, is organising the Hockey World Cup this year. After clearing the encroachment, the road leading to the stadium will not be congested anymore. BDA and BMC may beautify the place before the world event begins, said a senior BMC officer.

          Member enforcement, BDA, Bhabani Shankar Chayani said the eviction drive will continue around the stadium to make a better ambiance for the international sports event. “We will conduct the demolition drive near the stadium gate 9 on Friday,” he added. Four excavators (three from BMC and one from BDA) along with a cow catcher van from BMC were engaged in the eviction drive. “Lifting of the debris will be done by the construction and demolition waste (C&D) team at the site,” said a BMC officer.

          Ten platoon of police force were present at the site to maintain law and order during the demolition drive. City DCP Anup Kumar Sahoo was also present during the drive. The slum dwellers alleged that they were not given prior notice before the eviction drive begins. However, the BDA, in its statement, said they had informed the locals about the drive on Wednesday.










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            Bhubaneswar: Caterers to start campaign for plastic-free event

            Hemanta Pradhan | TNN | Oct 1, 2018, 22:24 IST


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            BHUBANESWAR: Use of plastic is very common in the social parties and function where caterers serve foods. Members of All Odisha Caterer Association (AOCA) have decided to start a campaign to make plastic-free events.

            The association took this decision in their general body meeting organised here on Sunday. “The non-biodegradable plastics are causing a threat to the environment. The members came to a conclusion that we will avoid using any type of plastics in the events,” said AOCA president Binay Bhusan Pattnaik.

            He said the caterers can use non-plastic plates and glass pots for serving of food and sweets and ice-cream.

            He said the association welcomed the state government’s decision to ban the use of plastics. It also requested all the members of the association to spread the message not to use plastics, he added.

            “We will also urge the caterers across the country in the All India Caterer Association convention to be held in Bhubaneswar next year. The plastic use should be stopped across the country,” said AOCA President Binay Bhusan Pattnaik.

            AOCA secretary Debi Prasad Ratha said the state is hosting Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup in the capital this year. “If the state government needs any kind of support, our members will extend that help to make our state proud,” he added.
















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              Bhubaneswar: Volunteers come up with alternative for plastic bags

              Minati Singha | TNN | Oct 1, 2018, 23:20 IST


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              BHUBANESWAR: While everyone is worried about the affordable and available alternative of plastic bags as the state government is going to ban various polythene materials from the market from Tuesday, a few organisations have started small initiatives to meet the huge demand.

              "We have started a cloth bag unit in the old town area of the city by using old clothes. There is a huge need for an alternative of plastic bags and these cloth bags are of great use. They are of different sizes, shapes and are also affordable," said Sushant Sahu, a social worker, who is using these bags for creating awareness among the general public about the harmful effects of plastic.

              "People can bring their old and used clothes and get their bags made by only providing stitching charges. The prices of the bags are ranging from Rs 20 to Rs 250 as per size and quality," he said.

              Under project Cheysta girls of Sikharchandi Nagar have also started making paper and cloth bags as the alternative to the plastic ban.

              "We are making cloth and paper bags of different styles and sizes for daily use from both new and waste materials. For paper bags and things we are using old newspapers and other also good quality papers, which can also be used as the very packaging of various things and items," said Debashree Madhi, an instructor at Cheysta.

              She said, they are planning to provide cloth and paper bags for the vendors in their locality in the first phase and will help it make a plastic-free area. “If we can cater to the demand of Sikharchandi Nagar alone by providing paper, cloth bags and thungas and make it the first plastic-free area then nothing like it,” she added.











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                BMC squad to keep tab on polythene makers, traders

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                The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will form an enforcement squad to keep an eye on manufacturers and traders of plastic carry-bags from Tuesday - the day the state government's ban on plastic in six cities -

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                A shopkeeper sells cloth and jute bags at Unit 1 haat in Bhubaneswar

                BHUBANESWAR: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will form an enforcement squad to keep an eye on manufacturers and traders of plastic carry-bags from Tuesday - the day the state government's ban on plastic in six cities - Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur, Puri and Rourkela - kicks in.

                Deputy commissioner (sanitation) of BMC, Diptirani Sahu, said the enforcement squad would initially seize polythene bags that are less than 50 microns thick. "The Central Pollution Control Board has banned the production and sale of polythene bags that are less than 50 microns thick," she said. "Then, there will be a drive to encourage people to use paper bags and other eco-friendly containers while shopping for essential items," she added.

                The civic body said it would count the number of manufacturers and traders who deal only in plastic carry-bags. "We are yet to form a database on traders who sell plastic carry-bags of different sizes to retailers. Once this enumeration is done, we can sensitize them better. If they don't follow the rule, their trading centres will be closed with the help of the pollution board," said an officer.

                The civic body has hastened the establishment of a plastic shredding unit, to be set up at a cost of Rs 1.40 crore. "Since carry-bags of more than 50 micron thickness will remain in use, plastic will be in circulation. They will get mixed with municipal waste," said an officer.

                The shredder will be situated at BMC's temporary waste dumping station so that plastic waste can be segregated and only household (biodegradable) waste transported to the designated dumping site.










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                  Experts begin study to map Smart City quake zone

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                  A team of experts from the ministry of earth sciences on Tuesday started a survey at micro-seismic zone level in Bhubaneswar Development Plan Area (BDPA) for earthquake mapping of the city.

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                  BHUBANESWAR: A team of experts from the ministry of earth sciences on Tuesday started a survey at micro-seismic zone level in Bhubaneswar Development Plan Area (BDPA) for earthquake mapping of the city.

                  The team has taken inputs from 1,100 spots.

                  The Smart City is zone-III level region in terms of threat from earthquakes. So, it is one of the few select cities for such a survey by the ministry.

                  The survey team comprised scientists from the ministry, additional district magistrate, Khurda, a member from IIT Bhubaneswar, BMC's city engineer Deba Sundar Mohapatra and senior officials from the science and technology department.

                  Earlier, the state government had formed a committee, which is led by vice- chairman of Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) Krishan Kumar. It will be overseen by the BDA as the mapping will be done based on the BDA's planning area.

                  "We have had a preliminary meeting with the experts with whom initial planning was done. More meetings will follow post completion of the survey," said an officer of BDA.

                  Officials said the scientific study of the seismic zone will help regulate the construction activities in the city. "Two possible fault lines pass through the geological area of BDA's jurisdiction. The study will help us out in putting in place a coordinated and fool-proof plan to mitigate the crisis arising out of tremors," said an officer.

                  The city in the past has experienced mild tremors several times with the intensity varying between 3.4 and 3.7 on the Richter scale.

                  The mild tremors only created cracks though tall buildings shook a little. The urban planners since then have expressed concern over building plan regulation.

                  A BDA officer said after the quake data, a city-wide vulnerability mapping will also be prepared and role of each department and stakeholder will be defined in all future disaster preparedness plans.

                  It will also help authorities to equip their departments better with modern aid to counter earthquake-like situations.

                  Earlier city-based experts had pointed out that several government agencies, including the fire services, were not equipped with adequate gas-enabled cutters to cut the iron rods of the huge buildings in case of fire and earthquake.






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                    Rescue workers use banned plastic to distribute food

                    TNN | Oct 15, 2018, 13:24 IST

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                    BHUBANESWAR: Polythene packets and bags - the sale and use of which was prohibited by the state government in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Rourkela, Berhampur and Puri on October 2 - have saved the day for relief workers in the flood-affected Ganjam and Gajapati districts. They have been used to carry cooked food to thousands of people kept in relief camps in these two districts.

                    The government officials in these areas - especially in Purusottampur block of Ganjam - pleaded helplessness. "We had to use polythene bags to distribute cooked food. We used bags that could carry three kg of food each. We couldn't have packed the cooked food in any other container," said collector (Ganjam) Vijay Amrit Kulange.

                    The Ganjam administration distributed 2,000 food packets in the block, which was hit hardest by Cyclone Titli and the subsequent floods. The Aska block in the district, which was also badly affected, didn't require cooked food to be distributed.

                    Environment campaigner Biswajit Mohanty said it was understandable that the government had to use polythene bags to pack food during an emergency. He added, however, that the government could have explored alternatives such as aluminium foil. "Aluminium foil is absolutely recyclable. I think the government should come up with an alternative because polythene is harmful," he said.

                    Another environmentalist, Ranjan Panda, said, "The government had to go back to polythene because it had not kept a fall-back option ready before imposing the ban on plastic. Between the announcement of the ban and its actual implementation, the government had two months' time but no alternative was planned," he said.

                    Polythene waste comprises 10 per cent of household and municipal solid wastein the state capital. It has been found that polythene causes the maximum damage to drains here, leading to frequent waterlogging.






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                      Capital pollution information now on display

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                      To inform residents of noise and air pollution levels, the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) has installed display boards showing relevant data at two sites in the city.
                      | TNN | Oct 17, 2018, 09:49 IST


                      BHUBANESWAR: To inform residents of noise and air pollution levels, the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) has installed display boards showing relevant data at two sites in the city.

                      BSCL sources said 10 pole-mounted environmental sensors will send inputs on pollution to the data centre, which in turn will forward the information to the display panels. The boards are located at Damana Square and PMG Square. The locations were selected based on the traffic and human rush of the areas.

                      Smart city operations leader Shailesh Kumar said for air pollution, the display board shows the level of particulate matter (PM 2.5 and PM 10), nitrogen compounds, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide. "It also shows the air quality index - from which people can know if they have the standard air quality that is healthy for breathing. The panel also shows the noise level of different places in measures of decibel. Besides, humidity and temperature is also shown," he told TOI.

                      Kumar said the work on the pollution display was completed within two weeks. "It was expedited in view of the men's hockey World Cup. Several international delegates and players will come and the city should be prepared to let them know whether the air they breathe is good for their health. This way, the air quality can also be regulated. The authorities concerned can also address the reasons behind pollution," he said.

                      Officials said the project may be expanded further with more sensors and yet more display boards coming up in future.

                      A source in the BSCL said the pollution data can also be viewed at the Bhubaneswar Operations Centre (BOC), an IT-backed command centre that is meant for keeping the city and its vital services under surveillance.

                      In September, 2017, Odisha State Pollution Control Board had issued an advisory to the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) to submit a plan of action to check air pollution.








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