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Update on Khordha-Balangir rail link

Following is a report from the TNIE:

BHUBANESWAR: Expressing displeasure over the “tardy” progress of the Rajsunakhala-Bolagada section of the Khordha-Bolangir rail line, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today asked transport department to ensure that Nayagarh town is connected by March next year.

At a high level meeting here, Patnaik expressed his displeasure while reviewing the progress of Rajsunakhala- Bolagarh section which had earlier been targeted to be completed by June, 2016.

Stating that the rail link was of great importance to the state, Patnaik directed the officials to complete land acquisition, obtain clearance from the Forest and Environment Ministry at the earliest to expedite the project.

He also directed the officials to ensure rail connectivity to Sonepur by expediting the work being undertaken from Balangir side.

The Chief Minister asserted that the state government was providing all cooperation for the rail projects and expects its timely completion.

He lauded the land acquisition process in Nayagarh, Bolangir, Boudh, Subarnpur districts and directed the revenue department officials to keep constant track in that regard.

The state government has promised 50 per cent of the expenditures to be incurred for the Khurda-Bolangir project besides providing land free of cost for the 289 km rail link.

So far land for 109 km has been transferred to the railways for the project.

Talking to mediapersons after the meeting, Transport Minister Ramesh Majhi said, “As per the directive of the Chief Minister, the work started from Bolangir side last December.

The target is to complete the 16-km railway line work by 2018.”

The survey work for the Khurda-Bolangir rail project was done way back in 1945. It had a budget of Rs 1,100 crore.

The project is expected to benefit five districts Nayagarh, Khurda, Boudh, Sonepur and Bolangir

July 18, 2016 at 4:46 pm 1 comment

State urges Centre to widen more NHs in western Odisha

Following is a report from prameyanews7:

Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Wednesday urged the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to develop more National Highways(NH) in southern and western Odisha.

Chief Secretary AP Padhi placed this demand before the Central Government officers while reviewing NH projects at the State Secretariat with the senior officers of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. He emphasised on development of the National Highway from Vizag to Jagdalpur which connects Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Chhattisgarh passing through Sunki, Koraput, Jeypore, Nabrangour, Buriguma and Kotpad in Odisha.

Padhi too stressed on expediting works of the Vijayawada-Ranchi Corridor connecting Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Jharkhand and early completion of Berhampur-Rayagada road development work.

Currently, a total number of 22 NHs are passing through Odisha. The are NH 16, 18, 20, 26, 49, 53, 55, 57, 59, 63, 130C, 143, 149, 153B, 157, 220, 316, 326, 326A, 353, 516 and 520. The total length of these roads in Odisha is around 4,849.42 km. While the State PWD has been assigned to develop 3,387 km, the NHAI has undertaken works for the rest 1462.42 km.

By now, the PWD has completed 867.39 km roads and set a target to complete 489 km roads during the current year. Chief Secretary directed the department to fix monthly targets for completion of works.

Similarly, the NHAI has completed development works of 610 km roads and work for 529 km roads is now underway. The bidding process for around 243 km has been completed and the projects for development 596 km are in the pipeline.
Works Secretary Nalinikanta Pradhan requested officers of the Ministry to sanction the road projects submitted by the State Government. Out of 44 proposals of Rs 1,047 crore submitted, the Centre has given in principle approval for only 12 proposals of estimated cost of Rs 400.97 crore.

Apart from this, Centre has approved two projects of Rs 148 crore under Inter State Connectivity Scheme and two others of Rs 198 crore under the Economic Importance Scheme.

The issues relating to land acquisition, disbursement of awarded compensation, forest clearance and DGPS survey were also discussed.

July 17, 2016 at 5:58 pm 1 comment

Odisha approves a parboiled rice mill and co-generation biomass power plant at Kalahandi

Following report is from: http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/economy/odisha-approves-two-projects-worth-rs-470-crore_4996221.html#discontent_div

Odisha’s State Level Single Window Clearance Authority (SLSWCA) accorded in-principle approval to two investment proposals worth Rs 470 crore. The SLSWCA meeting chaired by Chief Secretary A P Padhi approved a proposal of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) to set up a common user facility (CUF) for storage of petroleum products at Meramunduli in Dhenkanal district at an investment of Rs 270 crore, said Kalyan Mohanty, General Manager of Industrial Promotion and Investment Corporation of Odisha (IPICOL).

It also approved a proposal of Starlight Energy Limited to set up an integrated grain based distillery unit along with a parboiled rice mill and co-generation biomass power plant at Goud Sariguda in Kalahandi district with a total investment of Rs 137 crore. The CUF project is a common arrangement of IOC L, BPCL and HPCL and will cater to receipt and storage of petroleum products like petrol, diesel, kerosene, fuel oil, light diesel and high performance petrol, he said.

Mohanty added that the project will require 90 acres of land, 3 KL/day water and 450 KW of power and provide direct and contractual employment to around 344 people. Starlight Energy’s project requires 195 acres and 1 MW power as stand by for start-up of the biomass power plant. It will use broken rice from rice mills, besides maize and other grains produced in Odisha for the distillery unit, while husk from the rice mills will be used as principal raw material for production of biomass power. It will produce neutral alcohol for medicine, ethanol for blending in petrol and anhydrous alcohol for industrial use and provide direct and contractual employment to 108 people, Mohanty added.

January 30, 2016 at 5:12 am Leave a comment

CM Naveen Patnaik flags off intra-state flight service

Odisha Sun Times Bureau Bhubaneswar, Jan 19:

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today flagged off the intra-state flight service offered by chartered carrier Air Odisha connecting three destinations in the state.

air odisha Cessna 208 Caravan

On its inaugural journey, the carrier took off to Sambalpur from Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here and would return to Bhubaneswar via Jharsuguda. The inauguration ceremony was held at the hangar of the old terminal of the airport at 11.15 am.

Air Odisha Aviation Pvt Ltd will begin flight service to Jeypore, Rourkela and Jharsuguda from Thursday, sources said.

It may be mentioned that the nine-seater plane has the capacity fly 11 passengers, including a pilot and co-pilot.

Earlier, the airlines had conducted trial runs to four cities – Sambalpur, Jeypore, Jharsuguda and Rourkela.

The service will be available six days a week except on Sundays. The Bhubaneswar-based private carrier is offering tickets as low as Rs 2,499 as inaurugal offer.

It may be mentioned that the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), in December last year, had given a go-ahead to the air operator to fly intra-state commercial flights after clearing the on-board airworthiness tests.

January 19, 2016 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

Naveen to ECR: Speed up Khurda-Balangir line

Following is a report from the TNIE:

BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday asked the East Coast Railways (ECR) to expedite submission of forest diversion proposal to start construction of railway track of Khurda-Balangir project from Balangir side by December-end.

Though the project was sanctioned more than 20 years back in 1994-95, only 41.5 km of the project has been completed till now. The Khurda-Balangir line, which has been a politically sensitive project given the inordinate delay in its completion, was originally estimated at Rs1,000 crore. However, the project was delayed because of low budgetary provisions and issues of land acquisition. The project cost has now gone up to Rs2000 crore.

The survey work of Khurda-Balangir railway line was done before Independence in 1945. But the project got Central approval in 1994-95. However, work on the infrastructure project was started in 2007.

The Chief Minister, who reviewed the progress of the project, asked Railway officials to take up 90 km project work as the State Government has already handed over the required land. Official sources said the Government has identified land for construction of project work upto 19 km from Balangir side and paid Rs8 crore to ECR.

The Chief Minister asked the Revenue and Commerce and Transport Departments to work in coordination to complete the process of land acquisition.

Of the total 289-km project, construction work in 41.5 km has been completed upto Rajsunakhala from Khurda. So far, two up and down passenger trains are plying from Khurda to Rajsunakhala.

Work from Rajsunakhala to Bolagarh and Nayagarh is underway.

Besides, construction work upto Bolagarh and Nayagarh will start by June next year and by 2017 respectively. Construction work is also going at different stages from Daspalla to Balangir.

The State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Railways on July 20 this year to undertake some projects on a cost sharing basis.

As per the MoU, the State Government would bear the total cost towards land acquisition and 50 per cent of the total project cost which is estimated at Rs2000 crore for the Khurda-Balangir railway line.

November 24, 2015 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment

Bhubaneswar and Rourkela enters into the smart city list

Following is a report from http://odishasamaya.com:

Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu today declared that Bhubaneswar and Rourkela from Odisha would be included in the list of 100 smart cities to be developed across the country.

Besides the two cities, the Odisha government had proposed three other cities Cuttack, Berhampur and Sambalpur to get smart city status.

Rs.50, 000 crore have been earmarked by the central government to develop 100 smart cities in the country. Each selected city would get central assistance of Rs.100 crore per year for five years.

August 27, 2015 at 9:31 am 1 comment

Bhubaneswar and Rourkela top smart city list in Odisha

Following is a report from http://realty.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/infrastructure/bhubaneswar-rourkela-top-smart-city-list-in-odisha/48196915

The committee however, decided to recommend the Centre for inclusion of all five corporations under the Smart City scheme launched by the NDA government recently.

BHUBANESWAR: A panel headed by chief secretary G C Pati on Thursday ranked Bhubaneswar and Rourkela in the top two positions among the five municipal corporations for the Smart City scheme.

The committee however, decided to recommend the Centre for inclusion of all five corporations under the Smart City scheme launched by the NDA government recently. Earlier, the Centre announced to include two cities from the state under the scheme.

“On the basis of the guidelines of the scheme, the panel ranked Bhubaneswar at the top with 70 points followed by Rourkela with 61.5 points. The three other cities, including Cuttack, Berhampur and Sambalpur, scored 60 points each,” said special secretary of housing and urban development department S K Ratho after a meeting of the committee here.

The cities were ranked on the basis of existing service levels (25 points), institutional systems and capacities (15 points), self-financing (30 points) and past track record (30 points), sources said.

The selected cities from the state have to participate in a city challenge competition with 98 other cities to figure in the final list, official sources said.

On August 3, the Centre would announce list of 20 cities in the first phase under the scheme. “Bhubaneswar being a planned city stands a good chance to win the smart tag in the first phase,” Ratho said.

Under the scheme, each city would get Rs 100 crore annually for five years. The state government will also contribute an equal amount for development of the city.

A potential Smart City should have assured water and electricity supply, sanitation and solid waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transport, affordable housing, robust IT connectivity, e-governance, safety and security of citizens and health, education and economic activities.

Following declaration of the list of cities, the state government would provide consultative support to the cities to prepare Smart City proposals.

The opposition parties, however, said the announcement to cover Rourkela under the scheme is to woo the voters of the city ahead of corporation polls.

Shortly after the committee ranked the Steel City in the second position, the BJD workers started celebration by distributing sweets in the city to gain political mileage ahead of the corporation polls.

July 25, 2015 at 9:26 am Leave a comment

Odisha-Centre MoU on Khurda Road-Balangir rail project

Following report is from TOI:

BHUBANESWAR: The much-awaited Khurda Road-Balangir railway project is expected to get a fresh lease of life as the state government will be signing an MoU with the railway ministry on July 20 for the completion of the project in a time bound manner, official sources said.

The 289-km rail project, to course through some of the backward districts of the state, was sanctioned by the Centre in 1994-95.

The inordinate delay is mainly ascribed to problems over land acquisition. So far, work has been completed only on 32 km (Khurda Road to Begunia) which is scheduled to be inaugurated by Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu in the presence of chief minister Naveen Patnaik.

The Union minister will also inaugurate station buildings of Begunia and Khurda Town by remote control and flag off the passenger train, railway sources said.

For speedy completion of the project, the state government has offered to provide free land on the Daspalla-Bolangir stretch (112-289 km) for this crucial rail link and agreed to bear 50% of the project cost.

This rail project was sanctioned in 1994-95 at an estimated cost of Rs 1,000 crore. Due to delay, the cost of the project has now gone up to Rs 2,000 crore.

“The cost overrun has been due to a steep rise in input costs like steel and cement.

The Railway Budget for 2015-16 had allocated Rs 195 crore for this project,” said an officer.

The state government has already handed over private land of 1,095.91 acre to the railway authorities. The whole project needs 5,021 acre of land, sources said. “We hope the MoU will help speed up the project,” said transport and commerce minister Ramesh Majhi.

According to sources, the state government is going to propose to the railway ministry to be partners in a number of other railway projects which has been hanging fire for the past several decades.

Other pending railway projects include the Haridaspur-Paradeep special purpose vehicle (SPV) project (82 km, sanctioned in 1995-96), Anugul-Duburi-Sukinda SPV Project (90 km, sanctioned in 1997-98), Talcher-Bimlagarh (154 km, sanctioned in 2004-05) and Jaleswar-Digha (40 km, sanctioned in 2010-11).

To ensure rail connectivity in tribe-dominated districts, the state government has announced it would bear 50% of the construction cost along with free land for the Jeypore-Nabarangpur line and 25% of the construction cost for the Jeypore-Malkangiri line for creating railway infrastructure.

July 22, 2015 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

Land hurdle continues to delay Khurda-Balangir railway line

Following is a report from TNIE:

BOUDH: The successful trial run of trains in a stretch of 32-km on Khurda Road-Balangir line on August 31 last year had raised hopes of completion of the project soon. But, the project continues to hang fire with land acquisition posing as a major hurdle.

The railway line which will pass through Khurda, Nayagarh, Boudh, Sonepur and Balangir districts would require construction of 11 tunnels measuring 6.3 km, around 435 bridges including a 660-metre bridge over river Tel besides culverts and other constructions.

Though the State Government had assured the Centre of providing the land free of cost, the acquisition process for the 289-km rail line has hit a road block.

As yet, only land for laying train tracks on 22 kms has been acquired in Balangir district while not a single inch of land has been acquired in Boudh district which has a lion’s share of 122 kms. However, in neighbouring Nayagarh district, land has been acquired from Raj Sunakhala to Nayagarh.

After connecting Khurda Road with Begunia in the first phase, work on the 46-km stretch to Raj Sunakhala was to be completed by March 31 this year and the 66-km stretch till Nayagarh has 2015-16 financial year deadline. But meeting the deadline now seems to be remote considering the slow pace of work.

As per official reports, the budget of the project which was estimated at `4.98 crore after the initial survey has shot up to a staggering `2,000 crore as it witnessed low budgetary provisions in Central Budgets and issues of land acquisition.

The rail link was first surveyed in 1945 by the then Bengal-Nagpur Railway (BNR) administration which found the route important as it connected most backward undivided districts of Balangir, Kalahandi, Koraput and Phulbani with Bhubaneswar. Smaller towns such as Daspalla, Banigochha, Manipur and Boudh were also part of the line.

June 14, 2015 at 4:20 am 2 comments

Air Odisha plans flight service to Angul, Rourkela, Jharsuguda, and Jeypore

Following is a report by PTI from ET:

BHUBANESWAR: A regional airline has proposed to start flight service to small and industrial towns of Jharsuguda, Angul, Rourkela and Jeypore within Odisha.

“Air Odisha Aviation Pvt Ltd has expressed its interest to operate flights from Bhubaneswar to different parts of the state such as Jharsuguda, Angul, Rourkela and Jeypore from this month,” Sharad Kumar, director Bhubaneswar Airport said.

Stating that the work for the Jharsuguda airport will begin from December this year, Kumar said it is likely to be completed within two years. Jharsuguda would be the second commercial airport in the state of Odisha, he said.

Go Air will be operating four daily flights – two flights to New Delhi and one each to Mumbai and Kolkata from the Biju Patnaik domestic airport from the October 26, Kumar said.

He also informed that the preparations are on for starting flights from Bhubaneswar to Bengaluru by another airline operator ATC Airways by February next year.

Presently, 32 flights to eight different destinations are operating from the airport here.

October 16, 2014 at 1:59 am Leave a comment

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