Archive for December, 2013
BHUBANESWAR: A bi-weekly express train from Puri to Ajmer will be introduced from December 25.
The first train leaves Puri on December 25 and the journey will begin from the Ajmer side on December 27, 2014 and reach Puri and December 27. The train on the way will have stoppages at Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Mancheswar, Dhenkanal, Talcher Road, Angul, Rairakhol, Sambalpur, Bargarh Road, Balangir, Titlagarh, Kantabanji, Khariar Road.
The express train comprising one AC-II tier, three AC-III tiers, nine sleeper class coaches, seven general second class coaches, will leave Puri at 9.25 pm every Monday and Thursday and arrive at Ajmer at 9 pm every Wednesday and Saturday.
In the return journey, the train will leave Ajmer at 4 pm every Friday and Tuesday to reach Puri at 6.45 pm on every Sunday and Thursday, according to an ECoR press release issued here.
Other stoppages of the train beyond Odisha include Mahasamund, Raipur, Durg, Gondia, Nagpur, Wardha, Badnera, Akola, Malkapur, Bhusawal, Jalgaon, Amalner, Nandurbar, Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Sabarmati, Mahesana, Palanpur, Abu Road, Sirohi Road, Falna, Rani, Marwar and Beawar, the release said.
Minister of state for railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury will flag off the train.
Lalit Bhoi of Badbanki village in Turekela block in the district has decided to migrate in search of job as he is not able to get work even after applying for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). Similarly, Surdas Pradhan of Bijamal village in Muribahal block feels that he would migrate if he would not be able to get work under the flagship scheme soon.
Bhoi and Pradhan are not solitary instances of poverty stricken people unable to get the benefits of MGNREGS. In fact, the MGNREGS, aimed at providing employment to rural poor, has miserably failed in the district.
According to sources, 2,72,527 households in the district have been issued job cards. Out of them, 61,339 households applied for works in 2013-14 and 47,393 households have been provided work till now.
While in the present month, 5,904 households are engaged in work, 2,086 households have completed 100 days of work. Among those who completed 100 days of work, 463 households were linked to the housing schemes like Indira Awaas Yojana. According to latest estimate, about 68.2 per cent of the budget for the scheme has been spent till now including labour payment and construction work.
The major road blocks in implementation of MNREGS are non-payment and delayed payment of wages to the labourers and shortage of field staff for preparation of muster rolls. Sources said people are not getting work during lean period. They also alleged that the officials were providing work as per their whims and caprices.
As per a conservative estimate, more than one lakh people have migrated in search of livelihood from the district to other places in and outside the State. The district has also more than 1,000 certified bonded labourers.
According to a survey of Western Odisha Migration Network (WOMN), a network of civil society organisations and academicians working in the district, more than 80,000 people from Bangomunda, Turekela, Belpara, Muribahal, Saintala and Khaprakhol blocks have already migrated.
“Balangir is a poor and migration prone district. MGNREGS has all the ingredients to address labour migration due to acute poverty and unemployment. However, to realise the same, the administration needs to identify the vulnerable people and implement MGNREGS during the lean period. But it has failed to provide timely works as well as the payments,” said Jatin Kumar Patra, an activist working on the issue.
Project Director of Balangir DRDA Pabitra Mandal said the administration is taking steps to provide work in all the revenue villages. “We are preparing plans and very soon the works will start,” he said.
National energy major NTPC on Friday cemented its commitment for establishing a medical college and hospital at Sundargarh by signing an MoU with the State Government.
The MoU was signed by Health Secretary PK Mohapatra and NTPC Director (HR) UP Pani in presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Health Minister Damodar Rout and CMD of NTPC Arup Roy Choudhury.
The college will have 100 MBBS seats along with a 400-bed hospital. The State Government would provide 20 acre land for the purpose.
Sundargarh district administration has already identified the land close to the National Highway.
The company would invest around `350 crore with the target of completing the project by 2016 so as to enable admission of students from 2016-17 academic session.
While commending NTPC to have come forward to set up the MCH in the tribal district, the Chief Minister said it would not only cater to the health needs of the people of the region but also leverage efforts to overcome the problem of shortage of doctors.
As many as 10 seats in the Sundargarh MCH will be reserved for qualified candidates of the project displaced families and NTPC employees’ families, the Health Minister said.
The national PSU has projected an investment of `1.5 lakh crore in all projects during the 12th Plan.
The two new projects in Gajamara and Darlipalli with an envisaged 3200 MW capacity addition have made significant headway.
Three coal blocks in Dulanga, Chandabila and Kudanali Labori have been allotted to NTPC as linked mines and the company will aggressively bid for Bedabahal UMPP, CMD AR Choudhury told mediapersons.
Stating that the operational 3,460 MW capacity at TSTPS and TTPS plants at Kaniha and Talcher respectively have contributed to the power sector, Choudhury stressed the PSU’s commitment to overall development of the State.
NTPC has extended its helping hand in the rehabilitation and restoration works in the Phailin affected districts and contributed `10 crore to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
It has also signed an MoU for light and sound system installation at Grand Road in Puri at a cost of `2.5 crore, he added.