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From the Sambad:
Following is a report from the Sambad:
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.
Following is a report from the Pioneer:
Rly Min agrees to meet Odisha MPs to discuss issues
BJD MPs earlier this week met Railway Minister V Sadananda Gowda in New Delhi and submitted a memorandum to him seeking many new railway projects for Odisha and national status to the ongoing Khordha-Balangir line project.
The State Government has promised to provide free land, including private land for the Daspalla-Balangir railway stretch, and to share 50 per cent of expenditure for the project, the memorandum said.
The other demands included extension of dedicated freight corridor from Dankuni to Brahmapur, East-West and East-South rail corridor in Angul-Talcher belt’s Basundhara Area, Nayagarh-Bansapani rail corridor, construction of Bhadrachalam Road-Talcher rail link via Malkangiri-Jeypore and Lanjigarh, Sambalpur –Brahmapur link via Bhishmgiri, speed execution of the Talcher-Bimalgarh line, commencement of the Bargarh Nuapada via Padampur and elevation of Bhubaneswar and Puri stations to the world class level.
The MPs also demanded sanctions for the Talcher-Sambalpur-Jharsguda broad gauge link, Sambalpur-Titiligarh line and Koraput-Rayagada line. Besides, it also demanded that a wagon factory each at Ganjam, Kalahandi and at the Railway industry at Kantabanji.
Notably, the Centre, in its Railway Budget, has made a provision of `1,420 crore for various projects against Odisha’s demand of `3,160 crore.
“We, all BJD Members, met Railway Minister V Sadananda Gowda on July 15 and submitted a detailed list of Odisha’s demands, including national status to the Khordha-Balangir Railway line national status,” BJD MP Kalikesh Narayn Singh Deo told The Pioneer.
Singh Deo also informed that the Railway Minister announced in Parliament that he would convene a meeting with Odisha MPs soon.
Lack of storage facilities and farmers’ cooperatives has led to this situation
Even as onion price has started to shoot up, farmers in western Odisha — especially in Bolangir, Kalahandi and Nuapada districts — are rueing for missing out a chance for reaping profits.
Majority of farmers in the region have either sold their stocks to middlemen or disposed of produces in open market at a price very low by any market standard. The price of onion at farmers’ level had varied between Rs. 3 and Rs 9 per kg.
The reason for this situation is absence of storage facilities and farmers’ cooperatives.
Moreover, farmers have no access to bigger market from where they could get fair price of their produces.
The prevailing poverty level in the region is also adding to the woes. As soon as their crop is ready for harvest, farmers sell it either in the open market or to middlemen at whatever price offered to them.
Odisha produced 432,052 metric tonnes of onion in 2013-14. Bolangir alone had production of 123,006 mt accounting for more than 28 per cent of State’s production.
Similarly, Kalahandi and Nuapada districts had produced 31,888 mt and 11,414 mt respectively.
While the highest onion productivity was found to be 14.74 mt per hactre in Bolangir, the productivity in Kalahandi and Khariar is 13.32 mt and 13.46 mt per hactre respectively. Only Angul district with 13.55 mt per hectare of productivity matches with these three western Odisha districts.
“I had taken up onion cultivation in two acres of land. Although the production was below my expectations after being affected by three days of unseasonal rain during May, my profit margin could have been more in view of rapidly rising onion price in the market. But we hardly have any storage facility to preserve our produce,” Ram Narayan Singh, a farmer in Khariar block of Nuapada district, said.
He said unless farmers’ cooperative is not developed with government back-up in the region, farmers would continue to fall victim to distress sale.
The region, known as Odisha’s Nasik, could keep volatile price of onion in check if basic infrastructure facilities and services are provided to farmers.
Green energy corporation seeks land in Kalahandi, Balangir and Boudh districts for solar power projects
The Green Energy Development Corporation of Odisha Ltd (GEDCOL) has moved the State Government for allotment of land in Kalahandi, Balangir and Boudh districts for development of solar power projects.
The wholly-owned subsidiary of Odisha Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC) has identified expanses of 500 acre each in Kalahandi and Balangir districts along with 300 acre at Manmunda in Boudh district for the projects that are to be developed on a PPP mode.
“The land in the three districts will have a potential to generate around 170 MW solar power. GDECOL will develop basic infrastructure and also facilitate power evacuation to the nearest grid for the solar plants to be put up by the private players. The detailed project report (DPR) will be prepared as soon as the land is earmarked and made available,” Managing Director of OHPC Sahadeb Khatua said at the Odisha Solar Conference organised by The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) here on Friday.OHPC has also firmed up plans to utilise land at its disposal for setting up solar plants. While it has already defined around 700 acre of usable land, a 200-acre patch capable of generating 40 MW at Khatiguda in Kalahandi district has drawn priority.
Besides budding enterprises, many private institutions like hospitals and colleges are approaching GEDCOL for setting up rooftop solar projects, he added.
The GEDCOL is anchoring the ambitious project to bring all Government buildings in the Twin City under the rooftop solar energy project on a PPP mode. The initiative is projected to yield about 10 MW power.
“The Chief Secretary has directed all the department heads to hand over the rooftops for the project. The DPR is prepared by International Finance Corporation (IFC) and would be finalised by year-end,” Khatua said.
Odisha currently generates only around 18 MW solar power, though it has the potential for 14,000 MW. There is an urgent need to tap this energy source to bridge the increasing gap between demand and supply, Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray said.
Chairman of CESU BC Jena, OERC Member (technical) BK Mishra, TiE president JB Pany and secretary Debasish Patnaik spoke.
Following is a report from the BS:
The 1,500-km Surat-Paradeep natural gas pipeline to be laid by GAIL (India) Ltd at a cost of Rs 10,300 crore will cover a stretch of 460 km in Odisha passing through nine districts of the state including the economically backward districts of Bolangir, Sonepur and Nuapada.
The other districts to be covered by the pipeline include Bargarh, Sambalpur, Angul, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur. It would supply natural gas for industrial, commercial and domestic applications.
Earlier, the state government had urged GAIL to make some changes in the pipeline’s alignment so that it passes through the backward KBK (Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput) region. A joint venture agreement was to be signed between the state government and the natural gas major soon.
GAIL has already got the approval of gas regulator Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PGNRB) for the Surat-Paradip pipeline.
It had also evinced interest for setting up city gas distribution (CGD) network in Odisha. Nine urban centres- Bhubaneswar, Khurda, Balasore, Kamakhyanagar, Rourkela, Anandpur, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Baripada have been identified for building CGD network in the state.
PNGRB which had earlier given a detailed presentation on potential for development of CGD infrastructure in Odisha had urged the state government to map geographical areas for developing such infrastructure. It had also called upon the state government to mandate use of compressed natural gas (CNG) in all commercial vehicles after setting up of CNG stations. The regulator has asked the state government to waive sales tax on CNG.
GAIL is also interested to build an LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal in the state at an investment of Rs 4,500 crore. The company has identified the ports of Paradip, Dhamra and Gopalpur as potential locations for establishment of the terminal.