Saturday, June 20, 2009

CII organizes seminar on Road Infrastructure & Security Challenges

Friday, June 19, 2009 Email

Balasore : The issues concerning road infrastructure and security challenges at Northern Districts of Orissa has assumed paramount significance with the expansion of industrial activities in Balasore and the adjoining districts. A smooth and effective communication network is a prerequisite to the sustenance of industrial boom in this zone. What has worried the industries and society alike is that movement of vehicles is becoming difficult day by day inside the city of Balasore because of congestion on the road. The situation needs urgent attention to prevent a complete collapse of the traffic regulation in the next 5-10 years. Secondly, the recent spurt in ethnic conflicts and other forms of violence in some districts of Orissa has thrown normal life out of gear.

In view of these, Confederation of Indian Industry, North Orissa Zonal Office organized a seminar on “Road Infrastructure & Security Challenges” on June 19, 2009 at Hotel Tulip, Balasore. At the inaugural session, Mr. M.B.S. Nair delivered the welcome address. Mr. Vishal Dev, Collector & District Magistrate, Balasore shared “District Development Plan’ with the delegates. He said that definition of infrastructure encompasses not only the industries’ conditions but also the quality of life of the people in the industries. The most important component of infrastructure is road, he said. According to Mr. Dev, the roads in rural areas in Balasore have undergone tremendous improvement in the last four years. He pointed out few bottlenecks impeding the development process.

Fund Constraint

Multiplicity of Agencies of Districts

The level of responsibility of citizens of Balasore must improve along with the Government.

Immediately following the inaugural session, there were two technical sessions:

Session on Road Infrastructure

Mr. Harihar Sarangi from Regional Transport Office, Balasore talked about the licencing procedures and the stringent measures employed by RTO in issuing of licences. Mr. A.K. Ray, Project Director, National Highways Authority of India came all the way from Bhubaneswar to speak on the construction of NH 5 as a prerequisite to industrial development. Ms. Sujata Das, Chairperson, Balasore Municipality stressed upon the need to issue directives to schools, colleges to arrange parking facilities inside the compound to avoid congestion on road and prevent accidents. She also admitted that Balasore Regional Improvement Trust (BRIT) has allowed opening of institutions in crowded places adding fuel to the fire. She would talk to the concerned state authorities to redress such problems.

Session on “Security Challenges”

Mr. Y.K. Jethwa, DIG of Police, Eastern Range, Balasore said in his speech that Orissa is surrounded by Naxal affected states and hence the breeding ground of Leftist extremism. He cited the example of Malkangiri district which has witnessed a huge influx of terrorists due to its geographical locations. Lack of literacy, lack of road infrastructure and other essential amenities cast a pall of gloom in the lives of the inhabitants of the place and as a result, they have taken recourse to armed struggle against the prevailing system of politico administrative ideology. He stressed upon the need to evolve a long tern strategy to recruit more police personnel and provide highly specialized training police personnel to counter guerilla warfare and surprise attack.

The programme was sponsored by Balasore Alloys Ltd, Birla Tyres and Emami Paper Mills Ltd and was attended by over 60 partcipants large and small industries, in North Orissa, academic institutions and media.

No comments: