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    Naveen Patnaik asks Nitin Gadkari to sanction road projects

    Sujit kumar bisoyi | TNN | Jan 16, 2019, 19:51 IST

    BHUBANESWAR: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday urged Union minister Nitin Gadkari to sanction 30 road projects worth Rs 1262 crore under the Central Road Fund (CRF) scheme.

    Naveen, in a letter to Gadkari, said the state government has submitted the details of the road projects to the Union ministry of road transport and highways on December January 20.

    “Of total 30 project proposals, 29 relate to widening and strengthening of roads and one proposal pertains to construction of high level bridge over river Subernarekha at 36 km on Haladipada (NH-16) to West Bengal border,” said Naveen.

    The chief minister said except for one road project in Puri district which is required for convenience of tourists, all the other road projects pass through tribal and backward pockets covering thirteen districts of the state.

    Requesting for early sanctioning of the projects, Naveen said no project has been sanctioned during the previous and current financial year under the CRF scheme for Odisha.

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      EOW arrests realtor on charges of cheating

      TNN | Jan 28, 2019, 23:24 IST

      Bhubaneswar: The economic offences wing (EOW) of Crime Branch here on Monday arrested Rasmita Patra, director of a real estate firm, on charges of cheating several land buyers of nearly Rs 12 crore. The EOW had arrested her husband Prasanna Kumar, managing director of the real estate company, on August 7, 2018.

      “We also found complicity of Prasanna Kumar’s wife in the cheating case. Since she was director of the company, she is equally liable for action,” an EOW officer said. The probe agency said 300 people had paid nearly Rs 12 crore to the couple between 2010 and 2013 to purchase housing plots with all amenities at Kansapada in Jatni area, on the outskirts of the city. The housing plots were close to Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar.

      After waiting for several years with the hope to get back their money, the victims approached the EOW in July last year and lodged complaints against the dubious real estate company. During investigation, the EOW found that the company did not acquire any land to sell it to the buyers from whom the couple had collected the money.

      As the investors mounted pressure over the delay in giving them housing plots, the company reportedly acquired some patches of land. However, the company registered the land in the names of some people but did not develop requisite amenities and infrastructure, as promised in the agreement. “We will trace the company’s properties as well as the assets of the couple for attachment and subsequent confiscation,” the officer said. Neither the accused nor the company officials were available for comment.

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        Housing dept slams PHEO for poor collection of water tax

        Sandeep Mishra
        The housing and urban development department has slammed the Public Health Engineering Organisation (Pheo) for poor collection of water taxes from consumers with the amount touching a meagre Rs 30 crore in three public health divisions of the state.

        | TNN | Jan 31, 2019, 07:13 IST

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        BHUBANESWAR: The housing and urban development department has slammed the Public Health Engineering Organisation (Pheo) for poor collection of water taxes from consumers with the amount touching a meagre Rs 30 crore in three public health divisions of the state.

        Most of the defaulters are in the two public health divisions of Cuttack and one of Angul.

        Collectively, the government agencies including the district collectorate, police stations, government colleges and universities along with general consumers and other administrative set-ups owe the Pheo Rs 30 crore.

        With the taxes and arrears continuing to show an increasing trend, what comes as a shocker to the state government is the inability of the Pheo in achieving a good tax collection from the consumers. According to records, the Pheo has been able to collect only Rs 5.95 crore which is about 19% of the fixed target.

        This came to light during a performance review meeting of the public health divisions by the housing and urban development department earlier this month. “The financial year is coming to an end and the collection is not up to the mark. We are asking them to achieve a good collection at least now,” said an urban development department official.

        Officials said a direction was issued to the non-achieving divisions of the Pheo following the meeting. “It is to intimate with great displeasure that you have been instructed from time to time to take effective steps for increasing the collection of water tax, but it is seen that the total collection of the three division is not up to the mark,” reads the direction. In the direction, the officials have been instructed to engage special squads, conduct mike announcements and consumer melas in different places so that the revenue collection will increase at least by the end of the financial year. The activities be start immediately, stated the letter.

        “I have instructed the assistant executive engineers, assistant engineers, junior engineers of the three public health division to take all efforts to achieve cent percent collection of the pending water taxes. Another performance review will be taken up soon to see the collection status,” superintending engineer of Cuttack circlel Hadibandhu Behera said.

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          Naveen Patnaik inaugurates four industrial projects

          Sujit Kumar Bisoyi | TNN | Feb 19, 2019, 18:26 IST

          BHUBANESWAR: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday performed inauguration of total 18 industrial projects through video conferencing from the state secretariat, with total investment potential of Rs 2200 crore.

          These projects, in diverse sectors like cement, food processing including seafood, solar power, healthcare and metal downstream, will generate employment opportunities for around 3500 people, said an official source.

          A cement grinding unit and a captive power plant by Emami Cement Ltd with an investment of Rs 401 crore at Kalinganagar, a pasta manufacturing unit by Jay Bharat Spices worth Rs 45 crore at Jagatpur in Cuttack, an iron ore pellet plant by Brahmani River Pellets Ltd worth Rs 40 crore at Kalinganagar and a fly ash bricks unit by Utkal Bricks and industries worth Rs 7.41 crore at Bhagabanpur in Khurda were the four units inaugurated by the chief minister.

          Similarly, groundbreaking ceremonies were performed for major projects like expansion of non-alcoholic beverage plant by Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Ltd at Khurda industrial estate, establishment of Rs 625 crore iron ore pellet plant by Narbheram Power and Steel Private Limited near Dhenkanal, a Rs 151 crore Solar power plant by Hindalco Solar in Sambalpur and another Rs 92 crore vegetable oil manufacturing unit by AKM Agro at Khurda.

          Most of these projects were received in the run up to and during the two editions of the Make in Odisha conclaves, state’s biennial flagship investors’ meet held in 2016 and again in 2018.

          Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the chief minister said Odisha is emerging as the manufacturing hub of the east.

          “Through Vision 2025 for industrial development, we had devised an action plan to bring more manufacturing investments to provide higher employment opportunities to our people. My Government is working towards ensuring that the investment intents get converted into actual investments,” said Naveen.

          The state industries department has undertaken a series of reforms following positive response from the investors communities during both the editions of the Make in Odisha conclaves.

          The GO-SWIFT portal, the state government’s single window investor facilitation platform, has already received 600 industrial project applications since its launch in November 2017.

          The state government has also launched ‘Industry Care’, a monthly formal engagement initiative with industrial houses to raise awareness about business reforms and facilitation mechanisms. During the second Make in Odisha conclave, Odisha received investment intents worth Rs 4.19 crore including foreign direct investment worth Rs 46,650 crore in 15 diversified sectors which will generate around 5.91 lakh employment opportunities.

          To create more employment opportunities, the state government has also given focused attention expeditious implementation of micro, small and medium enterprises.

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            Construction of ring road in Silk City likely to begin soon

            Hrusikesh Mohanty | TNN | Mar 2, 2019, 04:11 IST

            Berhampur: The construction of the much-awaited ring road on the outskirts of Silk City is likely to begin soon as the tender for five km of the total 46.83km of road has been finalized. The four-laning of the five km stretch of the ring road with an estimated expenditure of Rs 25 crore is likely to begin next week.

            BK Padhy, superintendent engineer, public works department (PWD) said, “The four-lane road would be constructed between Haladiapadara and Mahuda, which is a part of the ring road.”

            Sources said the proposed 46.83km ring road has been divided into three stretches and the work on them will be executed by the works department, the state government and the National Highway circle. Sources said the exact cost of the total project is yet to be estimated as it would be executed by different agencies.

            Meanwhile, the government has sanctioned Rs 29.05 crore for the purchase of around 169 acres of private land for the purpose. The process of land acquisition is on with notices being issued to the persons concerned.

            The ring road project includes a 13.68km stretch from Raghunathpur to Ratanapur, a 15.35km stretch from Ratanapur to Haladiapadar and a 17.80 km patch from Haladiapadara to Ragunathpur.

            The sources said while the process of land acquisition from Ragunathpur to Ratanpur has already begun, land for the stretch from Ratanapur to Haladiapadara will be acquired soon.

            Around 198.37 acres of land, including 169.19 acres of privately-owned and 29.18-acres of government-owned would be acquired for the construction of the ring road. “We will acquire the private lands of 13 villages. The government has sanctioned Rs 29.05 crore for the purpose,” Padhy said.

            Officials said the proposed ring road in Berhampur will ease the flow of traffic during peak hours and provide an alternative route to vehicles, including passenger buses. “The ring road will not help traffic flow smoothly, but also help city buses ply in the town with ease,” MLA (Berhampur) R.Ch Chyaupatnaik said.

            The construction of the ring road will also help buses reach the newly constructed bus-terminal at Haladiapadar, on the outskirts of the town, which has been lying idle because of no proper connectivity.


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              Smart park and crematorium in every urban local body on cards

              TNN | Mar 5, 2019, 04:14 IST

              BERHAMPUR: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday announced construction of a smart park and a model crematorium in each urban local body across the state. Naveen launched the scheme at a meeting here to mark the inauguration of Janibili drinking water project.

              The new scheme will be implemented under the UNNATI, an initiative by the state government.

              “The government has aimed to set up 200 smart parks and as many crematoriums in all 113 urban local bodies (ULBs),” said urban development minister Niranjan Pujari. In six months, each urban local body will have smart park and model crematorium, said urban development secretary G Mathivathanan. In the smart park, the urban development secretary said, there will be facilities like pathway, open gyms, yoga and meditation corners, play area with equipment for children, sitting facilities, safe water and toilet complexes for male and female. People from all sections can spending time in the smart park. Similarly in the model crematoriums, facilities like cloth change room, bathing and toilet complex and drinking water would be provided. Besides, the existing crematoriums will also be developed under the UNNATI scheme, he added.

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                Over 10,000 slum dwellers get keys to pucca house in Bhubaneswar

                Addressing a public meeting, chief minister Naveen Patnaik said by 2022 all slum dwellers will have pucca houses as his government will will keep its promise in the subsequent phases. TNN | March 07, 2019, 14:00 IST

                BHUBANESWAR: To woo the urban poor, chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday inaugurated several major projects worth around Rs 1,300 crore in the city. He also distributed 8,665 entitlement certificates, 104 final allotment letters and 130 provisional allotment letters to slum dwellers under Awaas (Odisha Urban Housing Mission).

                Addressing a public meeting, Naveen said by 2022 all slum dwellers will have pucca houses as his government will will keep its promise in the subsequent phases.

                “Happiness of the poor is of greatest satisfaction to me. Welfare of the poor has been a priority of my government. I am always with them and will continue working for protection of their rights,” he said.

                More than 10,000 slum dwellers received pucca houses on the occasion.

                Naveen also announced a special package of Rs 1,000 crore for development of the drainage system across the the city to check urban flooding and waterlogging in low-lying areas.

                He laid the foundation stone of 40 projects worth around Rs 1,160 crore of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL), Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT), Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) and the tourism department.

                He inaugurated one housing project at Rangamatia and Nirman Shramik Rahani Sthal at Kharvel Nagar worth about Rs 59 crore.

                The foundation stone laying included 12 drainage projects of BMC, six renovation of water bodies by BMC, nine community toilet projects by BMC, five toilet on wheels by BMC, rejuvenation of Bindusagar by the tourism department, seven projects by BDA, 10 projects by OPTCL, development of two depots by CRUT, BMC-ICOMC building by BSCL, Integrated Development of Ekamra Kshetra by the tourism department.

                He laid foundation stone for seven projects involving roads and buildings by the public works department.

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                  Odisha: 1960 trees to be felled to widen nat’l highway

                  Satyanarayan Pattnaik | TNN | Updated: Mar 28, 2019, 15:44 IST

                  Koraput: As many as 1,960 trees will be felled for widening of NH-26 from Bariniput Chhack in Jeypore to Borigumma in Koraput district. “Double the number of trees felled will be planted at suitable places as compensation,” said Ajay Kumar Mohanty, executive engineer, NH division, Jeypore.

                  Official sources said mostly mango trees over 50 years old will be uprooted along the 26-km stretch. Around Rs 55 lakh will be spent on felling and plantation of trees, Mohanty said.

                  According to the officer, the existing seven meter wide NH will be extended up to 10 metres and a tender worth Rs 79.91 crore has been floated for the project.

                  The tenders will be opened in the first week of April and once the tender process is finalised, the NH widening work will start immediately, said Mohanty.

                  Also, encroachments on either side of the NH at Jeypore, Ambaguda, Kumuliput, Rondapalli and Borigumma will be evicted as it leads to congestion of road and traffic jams. With increasing traffic and frequent road accidents, widening of the NH and removing of encroachment was a long-standing demand of the local residents.

                  “Every day thousands of vehicles use the NH-26 and most of the encroachments in the form of roadside eateries and garages create traffic problem. Hope widening of the road and removal of encroachments will ensure smooth flow of traffic,” said S P Panigrahi, a Jeypore-based trader.

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                    Bhubaneswar civic body to number houses to simplify holding tax collection

                    The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has planned to allot unique numbers to houses within the civic body's limits to simplify the collection and assessment of holding tax. Riyan Ramanath V | TNN | July 29, 2019, 16:00 IST

                    BHUBANESWAR: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has planned to allot unique numbers to houses within the civic body's limits to simplify the collection and assessment of holding tax.

                    The civic body will float a Request for Proposal (RFP) to invite suitable parties to come up with proposals to enumerate houses.

                    The BMC said, besides the current list of 1,80,000 holdings, 40,000 establishments were beyond the ambit of tax. At present, the civic body depends on the data of different departments to get a list of the holdings - houses, offices and business establishments.

                    Holding tax is a major source of revenue for the civic body. It is collected from residential houses and commercial complexes on the basis of the plinth areas. There are different tariff slabs for both categories of establishments.

                    BMC deputy commissioner Srimanta Mishra said the private party to be engaged for numbering houses would go from door to door to enlist the holdings. "Each house will be allotted a unique number. This will be fed in the BMC's database for future use. The unique number will have all the details of a house owner including the last holding tax payment, pending dues, address, size of the holding and prominent landmarks near it," Mishra added.

                    After the unique number is created for each house, they will be geo-tagged so that the number can help track the holding's exact location on Google Maps. The BMC officials in charge of holding tax assessment can issue notice to tax defaulters by obtaining data using the number.

                    Mishra said the number assigned to a holding would remain the same even if the tenant status changed. "If the number of holdings increases with the coming up of new residential areas, offices or commercial establishments, they will be fed in the same database. This will be a permanent number that can't be tampered with," a BMC official said.

                    In the 2018-19 fiscal, the BMC collected close to Rs 40 crore in holding tax against a target of Rs 60 crore. A month before the end of the fiscal, the BMC had authorized its zonal deputy commissioners to file 'certificate cases' against more than 200 holding tax defaulters to meet the target, but this failed to yield the desired result.

                    A 'certificate case' is instituted under the Odisha Public Demand Recovery(OPDR) Act, 1962, when an individual or organisation fails to pay tax dues despite repeated reminders. Under the case, property in proportion to the tax due is confiscated to recover the amount. Once the OPDR Act is invoked, the BMC has the power to seize the properties of the defaulters. An officer designated as the 'certificate officer' can confiscate the property in question.


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                      Nineteen years-on, Odisha housing board yet to register Chandrama flats

                      The occupants alleged that the state housing board, which executed the project in a public-private partnership mode, had not registered the properties because of 'vested interest'. Sandeep Mishra | TNN | August 15, 2019, 08:45 IST

                      BHUBANESWAR: The occupants of Chandrama Housing Complex in Kharvel Nagar have claimed that the Odisha State Housing Board (OSHB) was allegedly delaying the registration of the properties in their name despite having given them possession of the flats 19 years ago.

                      The occupants alleged that the state housing board, which executed the project in a public-private partnership mode, had not registered the properties because of 'vested interest'. They claimed that the delay in registering the properties had hit as many as 246 occupants of the housing complex who had invested in the project.

                      "The housing board began the project in 1998. After its completion in the 2000s, it started selling the units to the buyers. This was completed by 2003," said K C Panigrahy, an occupant of a flat in the housing complex.

                      The state housing board executed the project over three acres of land, building 246 flats of different kinds in three blocks. As part of the agreement, both the stakeholders - the housing board and the private partner - sold their share of the property to home-buyers.

                      Panigrahy said there were some disputes between the housing board and the private party because of which the registration was getting delayed.

                      "We have approached the chief minister's grievance cell and the housing and urban development department but no action has been taken yet," he said.

                      Sources said the housing and urban development department had assured the house-owners that the dispute would be resolved soon. "There are issues but it will not affect the lives of the occupants in the complex. They are the owners and have every right to live in their own houses. We are making efforts to resolve the matter with the private party as soon as possible and trying to register the properties," a housing board official said.

                      Chairman of the Odisha State Housing Board, G Mathi Vathanan, said the project was a public-private partnership one and there were issues and court cases that the government was dealing with. "We are working on the matter. Registration will begin soon after the issues get resolved," the chairman said.

                      The delay in the registration of the properties has created several problems for the occupants. They are not being able to sell or transfer their flats in the absence of proper documents.

                      "The dispute is their problem, why should we suffer? Several house-owners have even died in the meantime," another occupant of the complex said.

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