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    Quota misuse slur on BDA employees
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    Pollution rap on 72 apartments and 10 education institutions

    Pollution rap on 72 apartments and 10 education institutions - The Times of India

    BHUBANESWAR: Seventy-two apartments and 10 educational institutions have come under the scanner of the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) for discharging untreated wastewater.

    The pollution board will ask the apartments and institutions to set up sewage treatment plants (STP) on their premises. According to the board, the hostels of the educational institutions generate about 7,200 kilolitres of wastewater a day.

    "The hostel kitchens should set up STPs so that the liquid waste is treated and then discharged to the drains. Or pits should be made on their campuses for dumping the waste. The heads of the educational institutions would be asked to comply with the norms and intimate the board. Otherwise, show-cause notices would be served to them," said OSPCB regional officer (Bhubaneswar) Hadibandhu Panigrahi.

    He said the board last month had issued a show-cause notice to a big educational institute located at Patia following complaints by locals that water discharged from the hostels polluted the water in the periphery.

    The board on Friday served closure notices to nine hotels in Puri and one in Bhubaneswar for violating pollution control norms. The hotels in Puri, which have more than 20 rooms, were earlier served show-cause notices. But as the hotels failed to comply with the norms, such as setting up effluent treatment plants, nine of them were served closure notice in the first phase.

    Board sources said discharge of untreated liquid waste contaminates the groundwater. "The untreated wastewater has high content of biochemical oxygen demand (BOC) and chemical oxygen demand (COD), which lowers the level of oxygen in water resulting in bad odour and change in the water colour," said Panigrahi.

    Significantly, the 72 apartments in the state capital have flouted pollution control norms. The board found that none had STPs. "We will ask the builders to set up STPs. We are also planning to intimate the same to Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), which approves the building construction," said a board official.

    According to the board, although the city has over 400 apartments, only a few have set up the STPs. "While getting the building plan approved, the builders have shown in the drawing space for the STPs. But later on, none of them actually set up the plants," said a scientist of the board.
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      Inquiry into forest land encroachment

      BHUBANESWAR: Land scams continue to haunt the ruling BJD forcing the state government to order yet another probe into alleged illegalities committed by certain party leaders in encroachment of forest land at Ghangapatana village on the outskirts of the city.

      "I have asked for a joint verification of the land by revenue and forest officers as there is confusion over whether it is revenue or forest land," revenue minister Bijayshree Routray told the media here on Friday.

      Routray's probe order came a day after forest and environment minister Bikram Arukh asked divisional forest officer (DFO), wildlife, Chandaka, to inquire into allegations of misuse and encroachment of forest land, including hills at Ghangapatana in Paikarapur gram panchayat under Chandaka tahasil in Khurda district.

      The developments have come as a major embarrassment for the Naveen Patnaik government as it involves BJD's Dharmashala MLA Pranab Balabantray, son of party heavyweight and Rajya Sabha member Kalpataru Das. Pranab had earlier landed in the dock after he was found to have violated the state government's discretionary quota policy by taking multiple properties in Bhubaneswar.

      In July, he "surrendered" two flats which he had taken from the Bhubaneswar Development Authority and the Odisha State Housing Board.

      Official sources said a part of the property in question at Ghangapatna, going by government records, was registered in Pranab's favour. The first-time lawmaker, however, denied any wrongdoing. "I do not own the land. It was bought by Gokarneswar Trust in 2009 for an educational institute, but as the plan did not materialize it was sold off in 2012. The record might not have been updated. The land is not under forest category," said Dharmashala MLA Pranab Balabantray.

      More importantly, it is the mystery surrounding the 3-km long road on forest land from Ghangapatna to Daspur that has left the government searching for answers. The road, about 30-metre wide, was being constructed up to the 5.5 acre patch belonging to Pranab and the Gokarneswar Trust, of which he is a trustee. "I have no idea about the road," said Pranab . The forest, revenue and panchayati raj departments are also mum about who was building the road.

      Official sources said inquiries by Khurda district officers have found that the panchayati raj department had in 2009-10 sanctioned Rs 5 lakh for the road, but work was not taken up for reasons best known to the administration. Kalpataru was then the panchayati raj minister. Earlier this week, senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra alleged that two BJD leaders had encroached upon over 100 acre of forest land at Ghangapatna.


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        More Staff for BDA Task Force

        More Staff for BDA Task Force - The New Indian Express

        BHUBANESWAR: The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) assigned 20 additional employees to process information for the Task Force, currently looking into the irregularities in allotment under discretionary quota.

        State Government set up a Task Force, headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue), Taradatt, to look into the allegations of illegal double allotments under different housing schemes of the development authority.

        The Task Force is due to submit its report of the inquiry, initiated at the beginning of August, by December.

        In a letter issued by BDA Secretary Ranjan Das, mentioned that all the information pertaining to Kalinga Nagar Housing and Plotted scheme is required by the Task Force in two days. As processing thousands of files pertaining to house allotments is a mammoth task, the employees have been designated different assignments.

        Out of the 20 BDA employees, mostly from the allotment section, 10 employees have been assigned data entry work related to the house ownership files. Remaining 10 officials have been directed to provide assistance to meet the deadline.

        In a similar move, BDA had earlier cancelled the Durga Puja holidays of a few officials to process the file requirements of the Task Force.


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          Encroachment of drain causes waterlogging in Jayadev Vihar

          Encroachment of drain causes waterlogging in Jayadev Vihar

          In July this year Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation along with Bhubaneswar Development Authority had carried out an eviction drive to clear encroachments on all 10 natural drainage channels in the city, but drainage channel no.4 is still under encroachment which is the main reason for severe waterlogging situation in Jayadev Vihar area during rainy days.

          According to Satyabrata Sahoo, a local, the drain is being encroached in various places like Ekamra Kanan, Jayadev Vihar and Munda Sahi.

          Some residents of Jayadev Vihar area have encroached the drain to build their houses near Science park slum. Near Munda Sahi people have built shops over the drain. Because of encroachment, the drain has become narrow leading to waterlogging in the area.

          “We have complained to the civic authority multiple times but nothing has changed. According to provisions of Odisha development authority Act, 1982, and the Odisha Municipality Act, 2003, no one can obstruct flow of water in natural drainage channel. But all these provisions seem useless in these areas,” Sahoo said.

          On the issue Puspanjali Das, ward no.28 corporator, said, “We have already started the eviction drive in this area. Around 15 illegal buildings constructed over the drain have been demolished. The remaining will be cleared within two months.”


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            Land glare

            Land glare on Kalpataru wife

            Cuttack/Bhubaneswar, Oct. 16: Orissa High Court today sought response from the central and the state governments on a PIL seeking intervention against “illegal” occupation of forestland by Pratima Das, wife of BJD leader and Rajya Sabha member Kalpataru Das.

            The PIL, filed by Iswar Chandra Pradhan, 52, and three others of Jajpur, accused Pratima of occupying nearly seven acres of forestland “in a fraudulent manner” under the Dharmasala tehsil in the name of Gokernaswar Charitable Trust and setting up an Industrial Training Institute on it.

            The division bench of Chief Justice Amitava Roy and Justice A.K. Rath today posted the matter for hearing after two weeks, along with replies from the central and state governments.

            In a related development on the Ghangapatna land scam, crime branch officials today arrested 13 leaseholders, who had sold the land to others even though their lease had been cancelled. The arrests were made exactly a month after the arrest of the officer on special duty to the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation mayor on the Ghangapatna land scam case. The officer was a retired revenue official in the city.

            The crime branch’s additional director-general of police Bijoy Sharma said: “Now, we are focusing on the arrest of those middlemen, who had played the role of brokers and arranged for sale of the land.”

            A crime branch official said the arrested were poor and many fell victim to the nexus between the revenue officials and the brokers. Many of the brokers have died, while some of them are still active in the field.

            “The brokers with the local revenue officials’ help have won over the land owners. We arrested the revenue officials, including tehsildars. Now, efforts will be made to expose the nexus. No one will be spared,” said the official. The 13 arrested persons are the original leaseholders, who had later sold the land to other parties, he said.

            During 1969-1973, the state government had provided 18 acres to 13 landless persons on lease for agricultural purpose. But, as the leaseholders did not utilise the land for that purpose, it got cancelled. Instead of returning the land, they had sold it to private parties.

            Kalpataru’s son Dharmasala MLA Pranab Balabantaray had bought five acres in the name of the Gokarneswar Charitable Trust at Ghangapatna to set up an educational institution. After the Ghangapatna land scam surfaced, Balabantaray said that since the project was not viable, the land was sold in 2012. However, it was sold to one of the trustee members. There was allegation that Kalpataru had influenced the government to build a road on the forestland connecting the plot allotted to the trust.

            Earlier, Balabantaray was forced to surrender two houses allotted in his favour by the Bhubaneswar Development Authority and the Odisha State Housing Board, following the controversy over allotment of more than one house or plot under the discretionary quota. Later, the CBI interrogated Balabantaray in connection with the money deposit circulation scam. After the issue snowballed into a controversy, Kalpataru had to resign from the post of the party’s Rajya Sabha leadership.


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              BDA to Hire Pvt Firm to Process Building Plans

              BDA to Hire Pvt Firm to Process Building Plans - The New Indian Express

              BHUBANESWAR : Getting a building plan approved in the Capital is set to get simplified with the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) deciding to hire a private firm to deal with the applications.

              The BDA recently appointed a private firm to handle the approval applications. The firm will set up two offices, one within the city and another on the outskirts towards Khurda, where applications will be received. Until recently, hardly 10 per cent of the total highrises in the city had applied for building plan approval.

              Sources said the two offices are expected to be fully operational in about two months. The move is aimed at not only making the process hassle-free but also create greater transparency in the system, a BDA official said.

              The Orissa Development Authorities (ODA) Act, 1982 mandates that building plan should be approved by the development authorities within two months of submission of the application. The applicant has to pay a nominal fee for the service.

              The private firm will help overcome problems that the BDA has been grappling with over the years. The planning section is hard-pressed to process the applications within the mandated time period due to manpower shortage.

              On the other hand, keeping its promise of making building plan approvals public, BDA’s official website now contains a detailed status report of all the highrises which have applied for building plan approval. With the plan approval details accessible on public forum, real estate developers too are expected to strictly adhere to the norms.


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                BMC employees in enforcement squads

                BMC employees in enforcement squads - The Times of India

                BHUBANESWAR: Six employees of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday were inducted into joint enforcement squads that have been formed to keep tabs on land grabbers.

                The BMC had given the list of employees to Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA). Six enforcement squads will have one employee each of the BMC. The squads will have staff of general administration (GA) department, BDA, police and BMC.

                According to BDA enforcement officer Debaprasad Dash, the GA and police are yet to depute their staff for the squads. "The squads have been allotted their jurisdiction. While five squads will operate within BMC area, one will operate beyond BMC, but within BDA area," said Dash.

                He said police stations under commissionerate of police have been taken as a unit to fix jurisdiction.

                The state government recently decided to provide six vehicles to the enforcement squads. The step is aimed at detecting encroachments quickly. The Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco) has been asked to provide the vehicles.


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