While Bhubaneswar recorded 42.2 degree Celsius, the highest of the season, it was also about five degree above the normal.| Illustration: Tapas Ranjan

This Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG) on Government of Odisha relates to matters arising from Performance Audit of selected department, programmes / schemes and Compliance Audit of Government Departments and Autonomous Bodies.

BHUBANESWAR: The Orissa State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) has authorized five collection centres in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack to collect electronic wastes and send it to registered recyclers for

BHUBANESWAR: The state government has asked the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) to finalize special regulations for installation of telecom towers in Bhubaneswar and other urban areas in the state within 15 days.

State housing and urban development (H&UD) secretary Injeti Srinivas, while reviewing the progress of the proposed regulation on February 28, has asked the BDA to expedite the finalization so that it can be sent to the H&UD for vetting and subsequent approval.

BHUBANESWAR: In a move that may cheer up poor rag-pickers in the state capital, the state government has asked the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) to set up plastic waste collection centres

The National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) will be launched in Bangalore on a pilot basis in the coming months.

The State Health department has already prepared the Project Implementation Plan (PIP) for Bangalore City and submitted it to the Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare. With the Union Budget for the year 2013-2014 tabled on Thursday, the urban health mission launch process is expected to be accelerated.

BHUBANESWAR: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday installed a solar streetlight on an experimental basis as part of Centre-sponsored solar city project.

The solar lights, which will be installed in the stretch between Delta and OUAT square, would cost about Rs 1.14 crore. The Union ministry of new and renewable energy ( MNRE) will bear 30% of the project cost, said sources.

The state government has sought Rs 3,050 crore outlay for the development of rail infrastructure in the state in the ensuing 2013-14 Railway budget.

The state had received only Rs 723 crore allocation in last year’s rail budget against its demand of Rs 2,345 crore. Of the total budget allocation sought for the coming year, the government has asked Rs 1,440 crore for construction of nine new lines, Rs 50 crore for gauge conversion (90-km Rupsa- Bangiriposi), Rs 890 crore for doubling and laying of third line in some sections.

BHUBANESWAR: The state government has decided to set up the second Bamboo Bazaar in Bhubaneswar to promote bamboo products that will uplift the socio-economic condition of bamboo-growers in the state. At present, one Bamboo Bazaar is functioning near DAV school in Unit-VIII.

The forest department would spend around Rs 27 lakh for the proposed bazaar under the Centre-sponsored National Bamboo Mission. Recently, it asked the textile and handloom department to explore the feasibility of opening the market in the Urban Haat.

Bhubaneswar: The Comptroller & Auditor General of India(CAG) has detected large-scale irregularities in allotment of land and houses by the Orissa government and estimates a scam of about R4,000 crore.

While sending a draft report to the Orissa government, a copy of which is available with FE, the CAG has suggested that the land and houses allotted to various individuals and organisations is in violation of the laws and policies and be cancelled immediately.