Sundargarh 5th May 2018:TheMahanadi Coal Field Ltd(MCL) coal mines displaced and affected people of the four G.P. i.e., Tumulia, Sumura Gaopalpur and Balinga in HemgirTahasil called off their 5 days protest dharana started from 30th April on 4th May after the assurance of MCL in the presence of the district collector. A joint meeting of the 50 leaders of the affected villages and MCL authority was held on 4th May at 2 pm in Pragati Mandam, Sundargarh under the chairmanship of the district collector Surendra Kumar Meena. The MCL authority and the district administration have promised to solve all the immediate demands of the affected people within a period of 3 months.
Hundreds of affected people including workers of mines of 4 GPs were sitting in hot summer protest dharanain front of Kulda mines gate at village Tumulia. All the PRI members Hemgiri Block including,block Chairman Mrs. SudharaniRaudia, ZillaParidhad member Mrs. PurabiNaik. PanchayatSamiti member JyotirmayiNaik, KumudBandhuPradhanTumuliaGP Sarpanch, KhyamasilMajhiGopalpurGP Sarpanch,Mrs.ChandrakantiNaikSumara GP Sarpanch, UjagarBaigaBolinga GP sarpanch and all wards members of four GPs took active part in the protest dharana. The protest dharana obstructed the production and transportation of coal from in the Kulda mines.
It is to be noted that over 8000 hectares of patta lands in 14 villages i.e. Tumulia and Kulda (Tumulia G.P), Siarmal, Ratansara, Gopalpur, Karlikachhar, Jhuprunga(Gopalpur G.P), Tikilipada and Sardega(Sumara G.P),Kiripsara(Sangumda G.P), Garjanbahal, Bangurkela, Bolinga and Bamkibala (Bolinga) G.Ps were acquired under Section 4(1), 7(i), 9 of the Coal Bearing Areas (Acquisition and Development) Act, 1957 in 1987-89 and Finally, vide notification dated 20.03.1993 issued under Section 11 of the CBA, allrights in the acquired lands were vested in the Mahanadi Coal Field Ltd(MCL) w.e.f 17.11.1991. And since then there is ban order in land transitions in these villages leading to many problems for the locals.
Despite land acquisition in 1987/89, physical land acquisition took place in different periods of times. So also the compensation and rehabilitation took place after many years of land acquisition. Village Bankibahal compensated in 1998, Balinga compensated in 2000, Sardega and Tikilipadacompensated in 2004-05, Kulapada(hamlet of Gopalpur in 1996 and in 2014 etc. Thus compensation in many villages is under process following the constitution of Claim Commission based on the direction of SC in July 2010. Even actual survey has not been taken place in many villages. Thus due to delay and denial of proper compensation, employment and R&R to the land losers, many litigations are filed in the Supreme Court and High court.
It is to be noted that about 64.52 per cent of the Govt. land in these 14 villages is forest land where the community people have their individual and community rights recognized under FRA, 2006. Besides, Jamkani, Pandaripani, Garjanbahal,Lalma Reserve forest is surrounded all these 14 villages where community rights under FRA is recognized.As per the information provided by HemgiriTahasildar (Memo No 1846/dated 18th Oct 2016), in these 14 MCL affected villages only 602 IFR claims have been filed and 316 IFR claims reported to have been approved and no community forest rights has been recognized in the area. Even many IFR titles said to have been issued are soumoto cancelled by the district administration violating FRA,2006.
Opposition to the Coal Mine expansion
The local affected tribalsof these 14 villages have been consistently opposing the expansion of mining in the area. In 2017, with the support of local political leaders, local community vehemently opposed the Public hearing held on 25th Nov 2017 for the exapansion of Kulda mines as a result the authority had to cancelled the PH. Again around 3000 local affected people on 10th Jan 2018 opposed in the public hearing held for second time for the expansion of the same Kulda mines. Very recently, all the gramsabhasheldGopalpur, Siarmal, Tumulia, Jhuprunga, Ratansaraetc held in Feb and March 2018 unanimously opposed diversion of forest land for the expansion of Basundhara(West) and fornew Siarmal Coal mining in the area demanding recognition of IFR and CFR recognized under FRA, 2006 before forest land diversion.
The major demands are ;Compensation as per the increased price as per LAAR Act, 2013;,Assured employment to the land loser and proper R&R;,Recognition of IFR and CFR rights before land acquisition so that they can avail compensation over those land too.
The 5 days protest dharana was called off based on the assurance given by MCL authorities in the presence of the Sundargarh district collector, Shree Surendra Kumar Meenafor the fulfillment of immediate demands of the affected villages i.e.,control of blasting through DGMS by MCL, finalization of PAF list of Basundhara mines affected people, supply of drinking water in all the affected villages and to create whatsapps group to monitor the water supply, use of sparkling machine to control dust and formation of a committee to control and monitor dust, installation of solar street lights, identification and finalization of R&R colony within 45 days, periphery development and special grievance cell for MCL affected people at collector office etc.
Bhubaneswar:Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today ordered a judicial probe into the missing of the key of the Ratna Bhandara of Puri Srimandir.
The directive was issued after Chief Minister held a meeting with Law Minister Pratap Jena and chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Pradip Jena, at the State Secretariat here.
A retired judge of the Orissa High Court will probe into the incident, under which circumstances the key has gone missing and why it is not found, and submit a report to the State Government within three months, the directive read.
The missing of the key of Ratna Bhandara inside Jagannath temple in Puri had triggered political controversy after the state BJP on Sunday sought a clarification from the Chief Minister over the issue.
Malkangiri:The Odisha Government has stepped up measures to ensure protection of the Gurupriya bridge over Janbai river in the cut-off area of Chitrakonda block in Malkangiri district.
The bridge will act as a major connecting link for the residents of cut-off areas in the district. The administration has installed closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras at different locations for keeping surveillance round the clock.
As per reports, six high-resolution CCTV cameras have been installed at different locations of the bridge to keep a track on movement of Maoists as well as assist BSF personnel to provide better security in the region.
With the installation of the CCTV cameras, the bridge would remain under 24X7 security by the BSF personnel who will keep an eye on the movement of the Maoist ultras.
Besides, a tender has also been floated for proper illumination of the Gurupriya bridge at the cost of Rs 40 lakh.
Talking to the media, Junior Engineer Suresh Mishra said as decided, a total of 60 high-powered electric lights would be set up in the entire area of the bridge. Besides, two hi-max lights would be installed at a height of 16 metres on both sides of the bridge.
The bridge will connect 151 villages with a population of about 30,000 spread over seven panchayats in the cut-off area to the mainland.
The foundation stone for the bridge was laid in 1982 by the then Chief Minister JB Patnaik and again by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in 2000.
BERHAMPUR; Berhampur Development Authority presents a two day Festival, PAGo (Public Arts in Gopalpur) on 25-26 March 2017. The PAGo Fest is designed as an initiation into making Gopalpur an Art Town cum Eco-Retreat Hub of Odisha. The name PAGo standing for Public Art in Gopalpur. The abbreviation PAGo in Odia is a reference to our intangible heritage of practices around food as it means to spice up a curry to make it more delicious. PAGo is also an attempt at spicing up Gopalpur to make it more attractive to travellers.
The main aim and objects behind the concept which was taken proper initiation by the Ganjam Collector,Prem Chandra Choudhury and the Secretary,Berhampur Development Authority,Ms Dipti Mohapatra that the district will focus on the heritage and rich cultural traditions of Gopalpur and Ganjam and attempt to reinvent and re-present them in a contemporary idiom. It will draw attention to the rich cultural traditions of Ganjam such as the Bagha Nacha or crafts such as the Brass Metal fish of Bellaguntha or the Ganjapa playing cards and textiles such as Berhampuri Silk. It will also highlight Gopalpur’s maritime and trade history as well as its more recent history of Phailin. Some of the highlights of this festival are; Murals,Installations , Participatory Art Activity (Mural Painting) ,Ethnic Cultural performances , Workshop (Clay Modelling and Sand Casting).
This will include murals and installations on some of the heritage sites as well as near them on walls of buildings etc. There will be a strong attempt to engage with the local community and involve children (both local and tourists) in the workshops to learn art and craft as well.
The Collector,Mr Choudhury said to media person that, this initiative is partly supported by Department of Handloom, Textile and Handicraft and Department of Tourism, Odisha (Govt of Odisha). Bakul Foundation will take charge of curetting and coordinating the Public Arts component of PAGo and will conceptualize the festival and mobilize artists and curate the art works. Detour Odisha would be the official social media partner for the entire event.
Today the two day street art festival, Public Arts in Gopalpur (PAGo) ended in style with vibrant entertainment programmes rocking the art town. Popular artists from Odisha enthralled the visitors with splendid music and dance programmes. An interactive session named 'Vision for Gopalpur' was conducted, discussing various potentials, issues and opportunities for developing the destination as a new hub towards Wellness.IG,Police southern range Mr Amitabh Thakur, Collector,Ganjam,Mr Prem Chandra Choudhury,MLA Berhampur,Ramesh Chandra Chyu Patnaik, Prof. Bishnu Charan Chaudhary, Prof. S. Rama Rao and other panellist gave their views about the same.
The Brahmapur Development Authority has envisioned to develop "Eco Retreat on Sea" Project on PPP mode and has invited expression of interest from investors for the same. The art installations and murals would be further relocated along the beach front for the remaining days. SDIPRO,Ms Pramilla Majhi co-ordinated the event very nicely.
FAMOUS MAA HINGULA YATRA & FIFTEENTH LOKA MAHOTSAV BEGINS AT TALCHER
TALCHER,(09/04/2017):The annual festival of prime Goddess of Talcher MaaHingula and 15thLokaMahotsav started from 9th April and it will be continued till 17th April 2017 for 9 days.This festival is being celebrated at Gopal Prasad under Talcher block. This year MaaHingula appeared in the form of fire at the back side of Gopalprasad High School near Gajaraj Stadium which is at a distance of 200 meters from Hingula Temple towards west. To witness this festive occasion and to get the blessings of Goddess MaaHingula thousands of devotees from Talcher localities and outside are coming voluntarily with their families. Thousands of Shopkeepers from various places with varieties of items have placed in their temporary tents for business. Like previous years many voluntary organizations are distributing cold water, sarbat, watermelon, ice creams, tea, lunch packets etc. for the devotees.
To keep eye on the huge crowed for maintaining peace in this festival 3 nos. DSP, 3 nos. inspector, 11 nos. sub inspector, 30 nos. ASI, 7 nos. Habildar, 80 nos. female and male constables, 7 nos. traffic police, 90 nos. female and male Home Guards and 7 platoon police forces have been deployed headed by Addle. SP of Angul as informed by SDPO of Talcher Hemanta Kumar Panda. There are separate barricades have been made for females and males as well at temple site and at Uvastala. Traffic arrangements and parking facilities are made for the four and two wheelers and police with civil dresses have also been deployed at HingulaYatra.
Managing Trustee of Maa Hingula Trust Board and Sub Collector , Talcher said all types of precaution measures have been taken by our committee to popularize this festival. Fire men with extinguishers , health teams with ambulance and other volunteers are also co ordinated for maintaining peace of this mahotsav. All the MCL authorities are also co operating for security guards water sprinkling at the festival ground and supplying of electricity without power cutting. To mark this Loka Mahotsav attractive many cultural teams of this locality and outside of our state have invited to perform their cultural activities. We hope the audiences and devotees will appreciate and enjoy this Mahotsav, he added.
PRAVAKAR , WHO CREATS MUSIC ON STONE
By Saroj Kumar Jena,
Associated Media Foundation
Bhubaneswar, Immortality as far as we’re concerned. Nothing in this world lasts forever, but did you know that stone, they claim it deteriorates one-sixteenth of an inch every hundred years(?). Sri Pravakar Moharana, a National awardee for stone carving. He is a person with strong determination, uninterrupted hunt for creativity and innovation to explore the beauty associated with skill and craft. A timeless skill in danger of being forgotten but brought to life in beautiful arts and incredible skill and craft by a great stone carver of all time wel-come to the world of the Stone carver Sri Prabhakar Moharana . not only in the country Moharana proved his mettle in several international forums.
He has brought pride and accolades for the country and state by representing the traditional stone sculpture art of Odisha in many international forums. Countries like Brazil, Malaysia, Perth, Singapore, France, Zimbawe, Australia, Italy has got chances to explore Mr Moharans artistic exposures. On the eve of 50 years independence celebration of India, he visited Brazil in South America in 1997 and demonstrated the exquisite artistic skills of Stone Sculpture of Odisha. He has significantly contributed to the promotion of traditional stone crafts of Odisha in countries such as Australlia(Perth) in 1998 & 2000, Malaysia & Singapore in 2003, France (Paris) in 2007, Italy (Milan) in 2007 & 2009, South Africa (Zimbabwe) in 2013. He has demonstrated the craftsmanship skills and enriched the cultural glory of the country under the sponsorship of Ministry of Textile, Government of India, (Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) and Temple of Fine Arts International, Coimbatore, India.
Mr Moharana was born into an artisan family near the historical Sun temple of Konark in 1960. During his childhood and schooling days he was attracted towards drawings and paintings. that tempted him so much, he visited temple to draw sketches of different art forms of sculptures and paintings.
Observing his talents his father late Sadhu Charan Moharana, who is an artist in wood carving put him in ‘state handicrafts training centre’headed by Gokul Chandra Patnaik, to be trained in stone sculpture in 1975 There he was groomed under another national awardee guru Satyabadi Moharana He perfected himself under guru LaL Mohan Moharana and inthe year 1997 started his own production unit in Bhubaneswar.
Pravakar provided opportunity to the talented and needy boys who come from remote villages to work with him. Till date 150 of such boys have been trained by him. In addition he also had the opportunity to train 90 potential needy boys under different training programmers including SHTP and Guru Sisya Parampara of Development Commissioner (Handicraft) Govt. of India since 1988. It is noteworthy to mention here that the first SHTP was inaugurated by Sri Kalyan Dey Ex- Regional Director (DCH) at village Sujanagar, Puri which is the native village of Sri Moharana. The Govt. of Odisha has also given him an opportunity to train 15 needy Sisyas – disciples under the Guru Sisya Parmpara scheme during 2011-12. All of his students are now employed and flowering thousands of budding artisans of tomorrow who could preserve and promote the pristine glory of stone art . As of today there are many of his students who are working in Akshyaradham Temple in New Delhi. In 1997 when the Mater Creation programme of Delhi Haat was started by DC(H), Sri Moharana has been able to participate in the programme five times to demonstrate the works of his students and sale the products produced by them. He has started Pravakar Creative Art Gallery at Nagar Bazar in Kolkata where the works of his students are sold. In addition to this, he supplies the stone crafts produced by his students to CCIC in Delhi so as to provide marketing opportunity and regular income to the trained students. Every year on the occasion of Guru Diwas, All students visit the Guru at his workshop cum residence and celebrate the occasion by honouring the Guru. This has up held the Guru Sisya parampara (Tradition) to strengthen soldierly and the bondage of relationship between Guru & Sisya
As a Master Crafts Person, Mr Maharana excelled quickly in his profession. He was conferred with State Award in 1987 for his outstanding piece of work in stone Carving on “Surya Narayan of Konark Temple”.He was bestowed with the prestigious National Award on Stone Sculpture in 1992 for his magnificent craftsmanship in Stone Sculpture based on the concept of “Kandarpa Hasti” (Kandarpa Elephant imbibed from Mathura Vijaya) . He was conferred with prestigious national honor of “Chinta “O” Chetana” in the year 2012 in recognition and appreciation of his craftsmanship skills.
Pravakar has not only promoted the name and fame of the country but also earned foreign currency by displaying and selling stone sculptures of Odisha in international markets. His unique way of displaying his body posture to show the different stone statutes earned him “Best Artist award from Temple of Fine Arts” in Malaysia. Under the leadership of Buddha Guru Sri Dalai Lama he has established many stone crafted Buddha Statues in Bhutan, Himachal Pradesh, Japan, Tibet and Taiwan that has brought him appreciation from many art lovers and Buddhists. His stone craft includes a charm and originality of its own and pristine beauty that remains untouched by time. His work has been highly appreciated by former President of India Honourable Sankardayal Sharma, Former Prime Ministers Honorable Chandra Sekhar and Honorable P.V Narasimha Rao. His craftsmanship skills and works have been highlighted by different newspapers &Television in India and abroad. He has been honored by the Supreme Court of Bhutan for installation of Buddha Statues in the Court. Under his direction “Sati Mata Temple” in Surat, Gujrat and “Jagannath Temple” in Nigeria are being constructed. Presently 8 feet high Abalokeswara Statue is now ready to be dispatched to Vietnam. Work of 18 feet long Buddha statue has already started for Taiwan.
Mr Maharana’s works are distinct, unique and could be recognized by well-known artists in different places.
At the age of fifty six he works hard and sees that every piece of work is qualitatively good and different from others. He has long way to achieve his dreams of promoting the traditional stone sculpture of Odisha both in India and abroad. He deserves awards and accolades from different authorities towards recognition and appreciation of his wonderful craftsmanship skills. His one and only wish is to revive the languishing Konark Kala (art form) – let the craft survive, more and more artisans come to the occupation and earn a their livelihood to lead a dignified life.
Pravakar is always happy in creating music on stones and making others to enjoy his arts and crafts as listening to devotional music. Pravakar’s crafts will live forever spreading its wings in different parts of the world to be loved by one and all.
4th Kalinga International Buddhist Conclave kicked off at Udayagiri
JAJPUR, (11/04/2017):Large numbers of tourists particularly overseas tourists will visit the famous Buddhist sites at Lalitagiri, Ratnagiri , Udagiri, Langudi , Kaima , Radhanagar , Brajagiri , Neulapur and other places of Jajpur district as the government is determined to highlight these places in the second International Buddhist conference , said Debiprasad Mishra the minister , industries and school and mass education while addressing the 4th Kalinga International Buddhist Conference at Udayagiri on Monday.
The famous Buddhist sites in Lalitagiri, Udayagiri and Ratnagiri in Jajpur district of the state are fit to get the status of World Heritage Sites like Sun Temple of Konark. The government has already prepared an ambitious master plan to develop Buddhist sites in Jajpur district as a tourist hub to attract more foreign and domestic travellers. Jajpur district has a special place on the World Buddhist spots, added Mishra.
The basic objective of the international conference is to create awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and to promote tourism.
The ancient Buddhist sites of Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh , where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon, Buddhist monastery in Sanchi of Madhya Pradesh , Buddhagaya In Bihar ,Buddhist caves in Ajanta and Ellora find places on UNESCO 's World Heritage List . The success of this conference will pave the way to declare these sites in Odisha as World Heritage sites. The district administration stopped illegal quarrying in these sites , added Mishra.
Many Buddhist scholars of other states and countries are unaware of the rich Buddhist heritage of our state and this conference will be useful for them to know about the historic Buddhist sites of Odisha,added Mishra.
Addressing the conference Dr Sunil Patnaik the secretary of the government run Odisha Institute of Maritime and South East Asian Studies(OIMSEAS) termed these areas as treasure houses of history that is just waiting for the arrival of large numbers of tourists. Visitors can travel through this Buddhist Circuit in a very economic package to savour splendid beauty and great appeal of Buddhism.
At least 230 noted Buddhist scholars including 65 from around the ten countries attended the International Buddhist conclave at Udayagiri. The culture and tourism department of the state is organizing the conference to attract more tourists, researchers to the Buddhist sites of the state . All the delegates will visit the famous Buddhist sites of Udayagiri, Ratnagiri, Lalitagiri, Langudi, Kaima and other places of Jajpur district during their three day long stay in Udayagiri.
The conference was addressed by the collector Ranjan Das, Arati Ahuja the secretary of tourism depart and others.
Block Level Mondei-2017 Inaugurated
Nabarangpur,19/11/17:Block level Mondei the annual tribal cultural festival of Nabarangpur was inaugurated from Jagannath temple of Indravati under Tentulikhunti block here on Sunday after performing rituals before the Trinity and obtained his divine ordain and lighted the symbolic torch Mondei Mashal to mark the occasion.
Marking the occasion a procession was brought out “Mondei Mashal” coupled with tribal folk dances and music passing through town reached near the festival podium at High School Ground. Later, the burning torch was installed on the podium by Chief guest ST/SC,Development Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi, Chairperson of district planning committee and local mla Monohar Randhari, Dabugam MLA Bhujabala Majhi, chairperson of entulikhunti panchayat Samiti, Debaki Nayak, BDO Anakara Thakur, Secretary district council of culture and DIPRO, Haladhar Nial, were present.
Speaking at the function Chief Guest ST/SC Development Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi, said through Mondei the district administration create awareness about the different government schemes demonstration stalls are set up to display the schematic benefits and disseminate information and the services provided by different line departments. It is an opportunity for the cottage and rural industries to display their products at a Handicrafts exhibition.
Nabarangpur mla Randhari, said Mondei is a leading festival of the district unique in its aim of spotting hidden talents in the field of art, culture and sports at the grass-root levels as well as to promote the rich cultural heritage of this region.
Presiding over the meeting Ms.Rashmita Panda said the festival provides local artistes an opportunity to interact with their counterparts from other states besides developmental activities, the traditional art, music and cultural activities.
The block level celebration of Mondei festival will continue till last week of November while the main festival will be held in December 8 to 12 at Nabarangpur town.
Tribal Children’s festival Sargiphula concludes with creativity, hopes and despair
Rayagada,22/11/17:Sargiphula literary means flower of sall tree botanically known as shorea robusta. This is the time sal flowers with their seed drop down from the trees and then a slew of activities like collection, processing, packaging and marketing of this Non Timber Forest Product(NTFP) keep the tribal world engaged for additional income. Hence, the nomenclature “Shargiphula” is a befitting word given by the ST & SC Development Department, who is organising this children’s festival especially in residential tribal schools all over the state of Odisha since year 2010.
This year the festival was inaugurated by Sri N Bhaskar Rao, Rajya Sabha MP as Chief Guest who advised the students to inculcate leadership so that they became good bureaucrats, political representatives and ultimately good citizens. “The state is concerned about the education of the tribal children and for this reason, residential hostels for 56000 children have been constructed for holistic development”, said Mr.Rao. Smt.Guha Punam Tapas Kumar, IAS, Collector, who joined as Guest of Honour applauded the study atmosphere in SSD schools like ancient Gurukul. To supplement the reading habits and strengthen the point of reference for further studies, she declared that libraries will be established in each high school and higher secondary levels.
Sri Lal Bihari Himirika, MLA, Rayagada and Ex-Tribal Minister and present District Planning Board Chairman joining as Guest of Honour reminisced the important events of last seven years journey of Shargiphula. Sri Muralidhar Swain, PA, ITDA, Rayagada and in charge District Education Officer described the agenda for the coming three days. He also said how the students, who took part in the cultural activities during yesteryears, had excelled in the field of traditional dance, folk songs, tribal painting, one act plays, sports, life skills, etc. Shargifula is a strong medium where creativity by the tribal children can be showcased to their peer students and general public of the outer world. Declarations by the guests to provide a bunch of facilities in the future have created a lot of hopes in the students.
Sri Jagannath Saraka, MLA, Bissam Cuttack, Sri Abhimanyu Mahapatra, DWO, Rayagada, Principal, Ekalabya Model Residential School(EMRS) spoke on the occasion. Sri Dwiti Chandra Sahu, Asstt Teacher of Bhakurguda School and a local budding columnist whose book on Saura Adbasi Guru Mangei Gamang was inaugurated on the occasion, moderated the inaugural ceremony.
Though the district level event went on for three days in the EMRS near Barijhola village with a science exhibition, a sand art, photo exhibition and few paintings exhibited, the closing ceremony bore less interest among the tribal students. Though a glossy invitation card mentioned the time to begin the event by 5 PM, the chairs meant for persons on the stage and the audience were almost empty till seven at night. The ADWO, who was present in the venue, informed that the programme might begin late at night due to RDC’s review with all the guests like Collector, SP, ADM, PD-DRDA, PA-ITDA, Rayagada, PA-ITDA, Gunupur, Sub-Collector-Rayagada, Sub-Collector-Gunupur, DPC, Special Officer-Lanjia Soura Development Agency, Special Officer-Dangaria Kandha Development Agency, etc. Not a single guest arrived at the venue. The students were left at lurch because of a Super Babu’s visit and review with the said guests. “There is an event of prize distribution for the students successful in different competitions held. May be, this is the reason, some students are eagerly waiting amidst a cold night for the arrival of the coveted guests, of course with hopes and despair. Here all is not well because it has not ended well”, said Sri Deepak Kumar Prusty, a senior scribe of the district, who paid a visit to the event spot alongwith this correspondent.
SCB chlorine gas Mishap : Collector submits final to Govt
Cuttack,05/12/17:Cuttack district Collector Sushant Mohapatra submitted the final report prepared by the six-member team formed to probe the chlorine gas leakage on SCB Medical College and Hospital premises which had left 46 persons sick on November 29, to the State Government today.
The six-member team had submitted its final report to the Collector on Monday.
The team was headed by Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Raghuram Iyer while Superintendent of SCB, assistant fire officer (Cuttack), assistant director of Directorate of Factories and Boilers, regional officer of State Pollution Control Board and superintending engineer of public health engineering organization (PHEO) were other members of the committee.
The probe team was directed to conduct a thorough probe to find out as under what circumstances and how the chlorine gas leakage occurred.
The committee also visited the spot, the pump house from where the gas leakage occurred and held discussion with the concerned officials before submitting its report to the Collector.
At least 46 persons, including firemen, who were engaged in controlling the gas leakage, medical students and relatives of few patients had fallen sick after inhaling chlorine gas. Even some cattle nearby also suffered due to the leakage.