Archive for October, 2013
BHAWANIPATNA: The Government College of Engineering, Kalahandi, does not have the approval of All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). Recently, students submitted a 10-point character demands to commissioner-cum-secretary, employment & technical education & training department Dr Chandra Shekhar Kumar, who was visiting the college.
Students also complained that the college does not have a hostel building though four years have passed since establishment of the college. As a result, all 972 students are forced to stay at another place in Bhawanipatna. Every year, 240 students take admission in the college.
Besides, the college is functioning without a laboratory and the library does not have sufficient number of books. The students also wanted internet facility on the college campus. Lack of proper transport facilities to and from the college is another problem the students have to deal with on a regular basis. At present, all the students have to manage with only four buses.
The commissioner discussed various problems with college staff and Kalahandi collector Bijoy Ketan Upadhyay. He assured the students that the problems would be solved soon. “Within 3 to 4 months, the hostel building would be completed. Initially, two floors will be built. Sufficient books will be available in the library and laboratory classes would start soon. The internet and transportation facilities would also be provided to students within a month,” Kumar said.
Later, Kumar told mediapersons that the institute is a government college and AICTE approval is not required, but it would be given soon.
With increased demand for public transport in urban centres, the State Government has decided to develop transport clusters at five locations.
The new clusters will meet the transport needs of Cuttack-Choudwar,Rourkela-Rajgangpur-Birmitrapur, Balasore-Bhadrak, Balangir-Patnagarh and Jeypore-Koraput-Sunabeda clusters.
This was decided at the first steering committee meeting on urban transport here on Wednesday.
The meeting presided by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik decided to develop infrastructure for proposed transport clusters and procure 309 new buses. The project is estimated to cost ` 157.41 crore of which Centre’s share will be ` 71 crore.
Official sources said a special purpose vehicle (SPV) has been constituted for each cluster for development of infrastructure and construction of bus terminal.
An automatic fare revision formula will be developed to ensure that passenger fares go up and come down as per the costs without political interference, the sources said.
As per the decision taken at the meeting, 100 buses will ply on 10 routes of Cuttack-Choudwar cluster, 80 on nine routes of Rourkela-Rajgangpur-Birmitrapur, 54 on 10 routes of Balasore-Bhadrak, 40 on seven routes of Jeypore-Koraput-Sunabeda and 35 on five routes of Balangir-Patnagarh cluster.
The State launched city bus service under rapid transit system in October, 2010. The Centre had sanctioned 125 buses under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM).
The Government had 55 standard buses and 70 mini-buses with the financial assistance provided by Ministry of Urban Development.
The Government has sent proposal to the Centre for implementing the rapid transport system in other areas of the State under JnNURM in the second phase. Plans are afoot to bring changes in the urban transport system, the sources said.The State Government has also taken measures to improve the public transport system in Berhampur, Western Odisha and the twin city of Cuttak and Bhubaneswar.
The Government has recently approved the proposal of the Urban Development Department for development of Bhubaneswar region transport corridor.
Urban Development Minister Debi Prasad Mishra, School and Mass Education Minister Rabi Narayan Nanda, Development Commissioner I Srinivas, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) UN Behera and several other senior officers were present.
ROURKELA: Locals under the banner of Joint Action Committee for ESI ( Employees’ State Insurance) Medical College and Hospital staged a demonstration in front of ESI office at Vedvyas here on Tuesday. They also locked the office by emptying it. They were protesting clearance from Union ministry of labour and employment for setting up proposed ESI medical college and hospital in Bhubaneswar instead of Rourkela. The state government has received a letter from Centre in this regard.
The protesters also threatened to launch an indefinite agitation after submitting memoranda to both Central and state governments in this regard on Wednesday.
“We are deeply hurt by the development,” said senior advocate and chairman of the committee M D Parija. “At a recent meeting, we had decided to fight tooth and nail over the issue since Rourkela deserves the project with number of prospective insured persons being highest in Rourkela and its periphery,” Parija argued.
Senior Congress leader and Sundargarh MP Hemananda Biswal also expressed his displeasure over the incident. He has been advocating in favour of Rourkela for the project.
“Several organizations, including the committee members, have contacted me in last couple of days and expressed their resentment over the decision,” Biswal said.
“Since, I believe that the decision has been an unfair one, a delegation from the district, representing cross section of the public under my leadership, will soon meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and ventilate its claim,” Biswal added. A parliamentary standing committee on labour and employment, headed by Biswal, had given its recommendation in favour of Rourkela for setting up the medical college and hospital.
Normal life was paralysed in Titlagarh town on Thursday because of the dawn-to-dusk bandh called by the District Action Committee over the demand of district status for the sub-division.
All Government and private offices including banks remained closed while commuters had a hard time as buses and auto-rickshaws went off road. Even a train was detained for more than four hours.
In the morning, the members of the District Action Committee blocked all roads leading out of town by burning tyres. They later thronged the Government offices and prevented the employees from entering the office premises.
All the government offices, including those of Sub-collector, Tehsildar, Treasurer, block and colleges were closed by the Committee members. However, no untoward incident was reported from anywhere.
Talking to mediapersons, Committee convener Kishore Chandra Panda said the demand of the people of Titlagarh is genuine as they face a lot of problems with district headquarters situated at a long distance.
“Titlagarh sub-division has a tribal dominated population and is under-developed. Therefore, formation of a new district is the only solution to the problems,” said Panda.