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Bhubaneswar: For the development of the rail network in Odisha, the assembly’s house committee on Wednesday requested Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu to grant Rs 5000 crore following the rail budget 2016-17.

The house committee headed by assembly Speaker Niranjan Pujari met Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu at New Delhi and urged to allocate adequate fund for better rail connectivity across the state.

“We have submitted a memorandum to the Railway minister requesting him to allocate Rs 5,000 crore in the coming railway budget. The memorandum has covered all aspects of the state in the railway sector,” said Pujari.

He said the committee has demanded special trains, the expedition of ongoing projects and development in rail network in the state.

“Special focus has been given to KBK (Kalahandi, Bolangir and Koraput) as there was no better connectivity in the region,” said Pujari.

Sources said while a demand of Rs 1,050 crore was made for ongoing rail projects in the state, Rs 2,270 crore and Rs 335 crore were sought for double line and electrification works respectively.

The committee has also demanded Rs.200 crore for setting up of special purpose vehicle (SPV) for rail projects for coal evacuation and umbrella SPV for general rail projects in the state.

Along with the house committee, several BJD MPs also met the rail minister to press the demand of the state.

Odisha had received an allocation of Rs.2,514.07 crore against its demand for Rs.3,200 crore in the  2015-16 railway budget.(IANS)(image:greatodisha.com)

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Odisha mostly depends on Andhra Pradesh to meet its demand for fish. Last year, the total fish production in Odisha was around 6.5 lakh tonne

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Cancer-causing chemical formalin was found in fish stocks available in the markets here, an official said on Friday.

Traces of cancer-causing formalin were found in Pomfret fish samples, collected from the Unit-IV fish market in Bhubaneswar, said Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department Secretary Vishal Gagan.

A 12-member team from the department collected samples of around nine varieties of fish including marine, freshwater, and brackish water from the market and Chilika Fresh outlets — fish retailers — on Friday.

While formalin content was found in Pomfret fish samples, Gagan said the entire stock will be destroyed if more fish tested positive.

After the Assam government banned the import of fish from Andhra Pradesh, the Odisha government on Thursday issued directions to examine the quality of fish being imported from Andhra Pradesh to detect the presence of formalin.

Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.
Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.

Formalin, a cancer-inducing chemical, is used to keep dead fish fresh and enhance their storage life.

Gagan also informed that a committee under the District Collectors will be formed to ensure that no prohibitory substances are used to preserve the stock.

“As only one out of nine samples has tested positive, we are now concentrating on collecting information from various parts of the state and will take an appropriate decision regarding a ban on fish imports,” he said.

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Verification samples at different fish markets in urban and rural areas will be taken up in order to prevent the sale of adulterated fish.

Odisha mostly depends on Andhra Pradesh to meet its demand for fish. Last year, the total fish production in Odisha was around 6.5 lakh tonne. (IANS)