Dr. Digambara Patra’s Letter to CM of Orissa: No rationality while recommending High Court Branch in Berhampur for South Orissa

July 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm 2 comments

Following letter was sent to us by Dr. Patra:

Map showing RDC (South Orissa)

Dear Honroable Chief Minister Shri Patnaik,

If South Orissa gets a High Court Branch, then why should it be located in Berhampur? Map of Southern RDC of Orissa is attached for reference.

It is not a secret that Orissa Government is partial towards Berhampur, Chief Minister of Orissa has even recommneded to have a branch of High Court in his home district without understanding the need of the whole area.

There is no logic why Berhampur should be chosen in South based on distance and geography. The map also clearly shows most backward districts (yellow), backward districts (pink) and avergare districts (light blue) of Orissa. Ganjam is a average district and Behrmapur is 170 km from Bhubaneswar (the distance between Angul and Bhubaneswar). Berhapur has exceptionally used South Orissa tage to its own development without impacting development of whole region. We do not have problem if Behrmpur is developed as a city like Rourkela in Orissa, but its not at all suitable as regional station for South Orissa.

If distance, geography and need of deprived are not taken care, then why should we have a separate branch? If people of South Orissa can travel to Berhampur, then why not Bhubaneswar, which has better communication (goldenquadrangle highways), trains and take less than few hours from Berhampur?

Such decision remind me when Biju Patnaik had said to agitating people in BHAWANIPATNA in ealry 1990s for a University demand: “HE CAN”T MAKE UNIVERSITY IN EVERYBODY’S KITCHEN YARD”


The political depravity and favoritism should be stopped by Orissa Government. In the name of South Orissa most of the faciltites are provided in Berhampur which hardly benefited the region. The RDC located in Berhmpur is unable to monitor work in Kalahandi, Nuapada, Boudh, Nabarangpur etc and lots of central Govt grants are returning back. The progress is much slower than expected.

Orissa Govt should awake now. The RDC should be relocated and High Court branch should be rather be located in the central location of South Orissa which can directly boost all the region. Attached map is a reference as the most backward districts of the state are intelecutally marginalized by the Government itself.

Thank you and best regards


Digambara Patra, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon
Email: digpatra@yahoo.com


Entry filed under: Boudh, Kalahandi, Kalahandi Balangir Koraput (KBK) region, Letter to the Koshal Discussion and Development Forum (KDDF), No rationality while recommending High Court Branch in Berhampur for South Orissa, Nuapada, Region watch, State and Central govt. and KBK.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ashish  |  September 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    it is very unfortunate that a scholar like you is making such comments, please note that high court of maharastra is in mumbai is it in the center of that state?again madurai bench of madras highcourt ,is it in center of the state? descision is not taken as you think it is taken as per the socio-economic condition & population. you are advised to argue at your own but don’t pull legs of others my brother don’t create hatred, if you can do your cause without this all will be happy…..

  • 2. Prasant ku. Naik  |  November 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    It really shame 4 orissa that our govt is unable to utilize central funds, our chief minister should learn how to provide a good governance 4m gujarat cm narendra modi and bihar chief minister nitish kumar.


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