Archive for November, 2010

100 acres more land to be provided for National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela expansion

Following is from the Pioneer:

The State Government on Saturday decided to provide 100 acres more land to the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela for its expansion. Besides, the Government has also decided to provide an alternative source of water supply to the institute.Decisions to this effect were taken in high-level meeting held under chairmanship of Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik at the State Secretariat. It was known from the meeting that the NIT authority had 400 hundred acres more land for its expansion. The construction work of the institute is going on and the Central Government has given `50 crore for this year.

Similarly, on water problem issue, the meeting decided that the NIT would be given water from Mahanadi. The Rourkela Steel Plant is planning to take water from the river, the NIT would have the small share on the water, the meeting decided. Presently, the institute is taking water from Koel River.

November 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

Khurda Road-Bolangir rail link project faces huge cost escalation;Railway minister Mamata Banerjee must pay attention to this project

Following report is from http://www.business-standard.com:

The inordinate delay in commissioning the 289-km Khurda Road-Bolangir rail link, mainly due to problems over land acquisition, has escalated the project cost significantly.

This rail project was sanctioned in 1994-95 and the project cost which was then estimated at Rs 1000 crore has now gone up to Rs 1500 crore. To add to the project’s woes is the Railway Board dilly-dallying on sanctioning the second phase of the project (36-112 km) even though East Coast Railway (ECoR) has sent a detailed estimate of the project in 2007.

Besides, the Railways ministry has allotted only Rs 120 crore for this project in 2010-11 against a request of Rs 300 crore.

“The Khurda Road-Bolangir rail link project is facing huge cost escalation due to the delay in its commissioning and the cost overrun has been due to a steep rise in input costs like steel and cement. Also, the Railway Board is yet to sanction the funding for the second phase of the project despite the fact that ECoR has submitted a detailed estimate for the same in 2007”, said an official source

A high-level meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary to expedite various railway link projects in the state.

The first phase of the Khurda Road-Bolangir rail link project (0-36 km) is set to be commissioned by March 2011. Land acquisition for this stretch is over while the acquisition of land for the 36-112 km stretch is underway.Meanwhile, work on the 82-km Paradeep-Haridaspur railway track has hit a delay over the demands of higher compensation by the land oustees. This project needs 1650 acres in all and more than 75 per cent of the land has already been acquired and handed over to ECoR.

“The state government had made a proposal to the Railways ministry to consider ex-gratia payment to land losers at the rate of Rs five lakh per acre for rural land, Rs six lakh per care for urban land and Rs seven lakh per acre for homestead land minus the amount of market value fixed by the land acquisition officer. However, the proposal was not agreed to by the ministry and we are thinking of alternative options to resolve the issue through dialogue with the land losers and the ministry”, the state Chief Secretary B K Pattnaik told media persons after the meeting.

November 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm Leave a comment

Historical monuments and tourist centers of Kalahandi district needs urgent attention of Orissa govt.: Report from the Samaja

November 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm Leave a comment

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