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Bhubaneswar, also known as the temple city of India, is an important centre of econA?omy and religion in the entire region.

The city, with its plenty of greenery and equipped with all the major civic ameA?nities, has become one of the cleanest and greenest citA?ies of the country. The city is fast emerging as a predomA?inant hub for the IT indusA?try, higher education and advanced medical care in conjunction with the boom in metal processing indusA?tries which has made BhuA?baneswar one of the fastest developing cities of India in recent years. Bhubaneswar, which is under the jurisA?diction of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, has an area of 135 square kilometres.

Transport:

In an attempt to implement rapid and safe mass transport system, Odisha government has envisaged an innovative plan for setting up monorail transit system in the cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. We have decided to conduct a pre-feasibility study for starting the monorail soon, Housing and Urban DevelopA?ment Secretary Injeti SriniA?vas said. The monorail will provide a smooth ride qualA?ity, higher passenger capacA?ity, energy efficiency, lower capital and operating costs and facilitate environment-friendly transport needs.

This monorail will have shiny exteriors and air-conA?ditioned compartments. Each monorail can contain two to eight compartments. Average time of travel is likely to be approximately two minutes for every kilometre. Train frequency can fluctuate from every 5 minutes to 10 minA?utes. The train will run above the ground thereby occupyA?ing very little place on the ground for construction of its pillars. In view of the experts, the construction of monorail facility may involve an investA?ment of only Rs 150 crore per kilometre.

Meanwhile, Agence Francaise de Development (AFD), a financial instituA?tion of France has decided to help the Odisha government with financial aid for the proA?posed Bus Rapid Transit SysA?tem (BRTS) in Bhubaneswar.

The ambitious project will be implemented at a cost of approximately Rs 570 crore. The Housing and Urban Development department last year sought a loan of nearly Rs 510 crore from AFD for execution of the BRTS project which attempts to develop dedicated bus corriA?dors, akin to railways.

In another development, the government is planning to extend bus services in Bhubaneswar till 11 pm for the safe transport of passenA?gers, especially women. We will try to make our presA?ence felt on roads till 11 pm. Right now we are retiring our service between 9 and 9.30 pm, said Nishikant Mishra, Chairman of Dream Team Sahara (DTS), the city bus operator.

Water supply services:

Water supply in most parts of the city is presently mainA?tained by the state PubA?lic Health and Engineering Department (PHED). Along with it Bhubaneswar MunicA?ipal Corporation is providA?ing water supply to certain fringes of the city mostly at the outskirts through proA?duction well. BMC has deposA?ited a sum of Rs 66.92 lakhs with the state PHED to proA?vide 94 hand pumps tube 7 URBAN NEWS DIGEST – February 2013A?well in areas not covered by water supply. The BMC has decided to allocate funds for the PHED to extend pipe lines in some other water scarcity pockets.

Waste management:

Odisha including its capital Bhubaneswar is all set to join the league of five states where the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) will kick off a bio-medical waste management project to decrease persistent organic contaminants in medA?ical waste.

The project is planned to be implemented in collaboraA?tion with the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and the state governA?ment. The Odisha State PolluA?tion Control Board will sugA?gest a non-burn technology as part of the state governments special project. The project will ensure scientific and hi-tech disposal of bio-medical wastes.

In another new developA?ment, the BMC has proposed to increase budgetary alloA?cation for solid waste manA?agement in the city for 2013-14. The BMCs budget for the 2012-13 fiscal stood at nearly Rs 452 crore.

For the first time, the corA?poration has also proposed budgetary provision of Rs 7.5 crore for mechanised street sweeping. At present, only one sweeping machine is being used in the city. There are proposals to privaA?tise some more wards and increase the number of mechA?anised sweeping machines.

Education:

Schools in Bhubaneswar are either run by the state govA?ernment or private organA?isations. Oriya and English are the primary languages of instruction. Colleges are mostly affiliated with a uniA?versity or institution based in the city or elsewhere in India. Bhubaneswar has emerged as an education hub in eastA?ern India, with several priA?vate and government colA?leges focused on engineering, management, and other courses. Utkal University, established in 1939, the oldest university in Orissa, is located in Bhubaneswar.

Meanwhile, there is good news for students of BhuA?baneswar IIT. The tech hub is all set to launch a number of new subjects from the upcomA?ing academic session at the undergraduate and postgradA?uate levels, including BTech in computer science.

The premier institute will also kick-start MSc courses in physics, chemistry and mathematics. Besides, there will be significant increase in the intake of students in MTech and PhD courses as well. Research seats at all IITs will be increased from 3,000 to 10,000 by 2020. So the IITs will increase their number of seats accordingly. IIT-Bhubaneswar is no differA?ent, said B K Ray, the RegisA?trar at the institute. We have 100 students in PhD proA?grammes, while we are planA?ning to increase it to 200 from the next session in some subA?jects, he added.

International airport:

International flights should start operation by March 2013, Biju Patnaik Airport Director Sharad Kumar had informed. The airport is preA?paring to commission the state-of-the-art new domesA?tic terminal. Subsequently the airport authorities will transA?form interiors of the old terA?minal into the new internaA?tional terminal. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will create space for security check, excise and customs clearance, besides duty free shops. At the beginning Sri Lankan Airlines, Thai AirA?ways and Gulf Air are likely to operate flights from BhuA?baneswar to Colombo, BangA?kok and Dubai.

Industrial development:

Bhubaneswar was ranked third among Indian cities by the World Bank, in terms of starting and operating a business. Bhubaneswar has always been the hub of handA?icrafts industry which signifiA?cantly contributes to the citys economy. From 2000 onwards the city has witnessed an upsurge of investments in the real estate, infrastructure, retail, and hospitality secA?tors. As a result various high profile shopping malls and organised retails have opened their outlets in Bhubaneswar. To boost the industrial develA?opment of the city, the DepartA?ment of Industries, has estabA?lished four industrial areas in and around Bhubaneswar, in the Rasulgarh, Mancheswar, Chandaka, and Bhagabanpur areas.

In 2009, Orissa has been placed ninth among the Indian states in terms of software export by NASSA?COM, with most of the IT/ITES companies established and functioning from BhuA?baneswar. In 201112, Orissa had a growth rate of 17% in terms of software exports. According to a survey in 2012, among the tier-II cities in India, Bhubaneswar has been selected as the most preferred destination for conducting IT/ITES business.

Infosys and Satyam ComA?puter Services have set up their units in Bhubaneswar in 1996. Other famous software companies in Bhubaneswar which are successfully operA?ating their businesses include TCS, Mindfire Solutions, Wipro, IBM, Genpact, FirstA?source, Mindtree, MphaA?siS, etc. Apart from the big corporations in the field of Information Technology (IT)/Information TechnolA?ogy Enabled Services (ITES), there are about 300 small and mid-sized IT companies and business start ups which have set up their offices in Bhubaneswar.

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Bhubaneswar is also popuA?larly known as the Temple City of India. Being the holy place of Tribhubaneswar or Lord Lingaraj, Bhubaneswar is well-known as an imporA?tant Hindu pilgrimage centre. Hundreds of famous temples dot the city landscape which boasts of more than 2000 temples. Bhubaneswar is the place where temple building activities flourished from its inception over a period of one thousand years.

Currently the new BhuA?baneswar with the swanky modern buildings and excelA?lent civic amenities perfectly harmonises with its historic surroundings. With ameniA?ties to cater to all type of visiA?tors, Bhubaneswar makes an ideal tourist destination.

Bhubaneswar is well conA?nected by air, rail and road to the rest of India. With numerA?ous hotels as well as the Orissa Tourism Development Corporations Panthanivas, tourists from every corner of the world can find their suitA?able accommodation here.

Challenges:

Although Bhubaneswar boasts about having the best of civic amenities in all its wards, it still struggles with potholed roads and overflowA?ing drains. In a bid to solve this problem, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has launched a masA?sive infrastructure makeover project in all the 60 wards of the city. An approximate 48 crore would be spent to develop the road and drain infrastructure this fiscal.

The massive repair and renovation of roads and drains in all wards would be completed by March. The work started in September. Nearly 80 lakh would be spent in each ward, BMC Commissioner Sanjib Kumar Mishra said.

In another new initiative Bhubaneswar Municipal CorA?poration has started talking tough with businessmen who are evading tax and cluttering the city skyline with illegal hoardings. The corporation removed five giant unauthorA?ised hoardings from differA?ent places in the city recently. Besides, at least 40,000 was collected from shops that have been evading license fee for putting up hoardings over their establishments.

The drive will continue till the skyline is cleared of illegal hoardings and banners, said BMC Commissioner Sanjib Kumar Mishra. Notices have also been served to several advertising agencies, which have not cleared their dues. We are incurring losses worth lakhs of rupees due to illegal hoardings, Mishra added.

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