Olive Ridley eggs hatch in thousands in Ganjam

Olive Ridley eggs hatch in thousands in Ganjam

Thousands of hatchlings are coming out of the nests buried under sand on this coast to venture into the sea. The Rushikulya rookery coast near Berhampur city in Ganjam district of Odisha is a major mass nesting site for Olive ridley turtles in India. This year, over 3,85,000 mother turtles reached the coast to lay eggs. Each nest contains around 100 eggs. This means over three crore hatchlings are expected to come out of the nests. On an average, 80 hatchlings come out of each nest.

Olive Ridley, microstat

“As the rate of mortality among the hatchlings is so high, the Olive Ridley remains an endangered species,” Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Ashis Behera said.

Forest range officer Dilip Kumar Martha said the hatching had started in a small number of nests on April 2. The process picked up on the night of April 7 and is expected to last for the next five days. This year, hatching was delayed by a few days because of the rains on the night of April 2.

Bivash Pandav, a scientist of the Wildlife Institute of India, pointed to an interesting fact. The hatchlings come out of the sand 48 hours after they hatch. During this period, they remain under the sand, getting oxygen through the porous sand, their shells turning hard for them to cope with the condition outside.

The Hindu, Sib Kumar Das

 BERHAMPUR APRIL 10, 2017

Endangered Olive Ridley turtles lay record 3.55 lakh eggs in Rushikulya near Berhampur city

Endangered Olive Ridley turtles lay record 3.55 lakh eggs in Rushikulya River mouth near Berhampur city, Odisha

The endangered Olive Ridley turtles have laid a record 3.55 lakh eggs in the Ganjam coast of Odisha within a span of one week, an official said Monday, adding the figure could touch four lakh mark this year.

Endangered Olive Ridley, microstat“Over 3,55,000 eggs have been laid by Olive Ridley sea turtles within a week of mass nesting in Rushikulya river mouth of Ganjam coast near Berhampur city in South Odisha, is an all-time record. The turtles had laid 3,09,000 eggs last year,” Ashish Kumar Behera, the divisional forest officer in Berhampur division, told IANS.

He said the egg laying may touch four lakh this year as the Sunday night calculation was yet to be completed.

“The egg laying that began on February 13 is likely to end on Monday,” he said.

The number of the turtles had declined last year due to unknown reasons. But the number has increased this year at the Gokharkuda and Podampeta-Rushikulya river mouths.

While 3,09,000 eggs had been recorded last year, it is expected to cross a four-lakh mark this year. The Forest Department has taken high security measures for smooth and safe egg laying of the turtles, the DFO said.

The Odisha Forest Department has arranged high security for smooth and safe egg laying of the endangered turtles, the official said.

“We have already made all arrangements, including establishing observation camps, fencing coast with nets and patrolling in sea for protection of the sea turtles and their eggs during their mass nesting,” said Behera.

The Forest Department has deployed speedboats and trawlers with staff to guard the coast and restricted entry of fishing trawlers into the zone.

After laying eggs, the female turtles go deep into the sea without waiting to see the hatchels, which generally emerge around 45 days of nesting.

-IANS, Berhampur, Feb 20, 2017

Olive Ridley turtles begin nesting in Ganjam

Olive Ridley turtles begin nesting in Ganjam

With 67,000 mother turtles turning up to lay eggs, mass nesting of endangered Olive Ridley turtles started at Rushikulya rookery coast in Ganjam district from Tuesday night.

Olive Ridley turtlesIn 2016, there was no mass nesting at the Rushikulya rookery coast although large number of turtles had congregated in sea for mating. Till now mass nesting has occurred only near the Rushikulya rookery. As a prelude, more than 8,000 mother Olive Ridleys had nested here on Tuesday night.

“Mass nesting has started early this year,” said Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Ashis Kumar Behera. The process is expected to continue for the next few days as innumerable Olive Ridleys are visible in sea near the coast. Female Olive Ridleys are mostly venturing into the sandy coast between Gokharkuda and Podampeta at Rushikulya rookery for nesting. Although these marine turtles are nocturnal animals, some of them were seen coming over to the coast to lay eggs even till 9 am on Wednesday.

This year, the Forest Department has entrusted the Marine Science Department of Berhampur University to research on geological and environmental factors on the nesting, said the DFO. Gopalpur unit of the Zoologcal Survey of India is also expected to participate in this.

“Mass nesting has started early this year,” said Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Ashis Kumar Behera. The process is expected to continue for the next few days as innumerable Olive Ridleys are visible in sea near the coast. Female Olive Ridleys are mostly venturing into the sandy coast between Gokharkuda and Podampeta at Rushikulya rookery for nesting. Although these marine turtles are nocturnal animals, some of them were seen coming over to the coast to lay eggs even till 9 am

The Forest Department has also requested the Notified Area Council of Ganjam town and Jayashree Chemicals to shut off their major lights at night to avoid distracting the turtles. Entry of tourists to the mass nesting site has also been restricted by the Forest Department.

BERHAMPUR, FEBRUARY 16, 2017

Now Relatives Walk for 10 Kms Carrying Body for funeral in Odisha CM’s home District Ganjam

Now Relatives Walk for 10 Kms Carrying Body for funeral in Odisha CM’s home District Ganjam

Due to lack of roads in various parts of Ganjam District of South Odisha, residents of several hamlets, including Jharabada in Ganjam district, are forced to carry bodies of their relatives on foot. Another such shameful incident happened on 10 September, 2016 when family members of 18-year-old Golapi Pradhan had to carry the body for 10 kms for her funeral at Jharabada. Golapi had died in SCB medical college and hospital in Cuttack, where she was undergoing treatment.

According to her father Somanath Pradhan, as Odishathey could not avail any free hearse service declared by the State government, they had to pay Rs 8,000 for a private ambulance to carry the body to their village. But the ambulance could not reach Jharabada as no road connects it. The ambulance left them with the body at Tadaka Sahi foothill and returned. Somanath and other family members had to carry the body on foot to Jharabada, where the last rites were conducted.

Area residents say they face problems while transporting patients to nearby hospital at Patrapur or Medical college Hospital in Berhampur. Ganjam BJP district president Kanhu Charan Pati said there are more than ten villages in Ankuli panchayat of Patrapur block which do not have proper roads till now. “This speaks of the development in Odisha.”

Ironically, Jharabada in Ankuli panchayat under Patrapur block is in Ganjam, the home district of State CM Naveen Patnaik. The region also falls under the constituency of State Minister Usha Devi.
BERHAMPUR, September 12, 2016

Dream of becoming a doctor turns true for an orphan tribal boy of Ganjam

Dream of becoming a doctor turns true for an orphan tribal boy of Ganjam

The dream of an orphan tribal boy in Odisha’s Ganjam district to become a neurologist could be a reality as he was ranked 13 in the Scheduled Tribe category in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) admission test. “It was a happy moment for me when the results were declared. At the same time, I was a bit apprehensive about joining MBBS course in the prestigious medical institute due to money crunch,” Narayan Mallick (18) of Bhanjanagar said.

But a Berhampur-based tutorial organisation has come forward to provide all assistance for his admission in the prestigious AIIMS.

“As he is an orphan and hailed from a poor tribal family, we had provided him the free coaching, guide books for preparation of MBBS. We have also assured him that we will provide all financial help for admission in the premier institute,” said Sudhir Rout, director of the tutorial.

Narayan, the only son of his parents, was orphaned when his father died in 2015, while his mother died in 2013. Despite all constraints, he did not give up the hope of becoming a doctor and studying in a prestigious medical institute. He was preparing for the entrance test for the last one year after his Plus II from the Khallikote junior college here.

He did not pursue his Plus III after the death of his father and chose to prepare for the medical competitive examination. With the meagre financial help from his uncle and assistance from the private coaching institute, he tried to pursue his dreams.

“Our aim is that talent should not be defeated by poverty,” Rout said.

“I want to be a neurologist because my father died of brain tumour. My aim is to research on this particular area to know more about it and to cater the treatment to the needy and poor people suffering from this deadly disease,” he said

“My first preference is AIIMS New Delhi and next choice is AIIMS Bhubaneswar,” he said. His counselling for admission will be held on July 8 at New Delhi. “I am thankful to Routji who has always guided and encouraged me to remain focused towards my goals,” he added.

— PTI, BERHAMPUR (ODISHA), June 20, 2016

Innovative library movement in Ganjam ‘Drop Everything And Read’ (DEAR), selected for national award

 Innovative library movement in Ganjam ‘Drop Everything And Read’ (DEAR), selected for national award

Drop Everything And Read (DEAR), an innovative approach to make library movement interactive and attractive for school students in Ganjam district of Odisha is going to get national recognition.

According to District Education Officer Sanatan Panda, the innovative library movement project has been selected for national award for innovation in educational administration. The award would be presented during the national conference on innovations in educational administration to be held in New Delhi on Dec 9 and 10.

ganjam_district_mapGreatest achievement of this project was development of writing skill among small children. Due to increase in reading habit, children of different schools have come out with handwritten class room magazines.

“The aim of our project which started from December 2014 was to end formalities of libraries in schools to make students closer to books,” said Mr Panda. At present the project is being implemented in around 1000 primary and high schools in 22 blocks of Ganjam district.

Through a directive, all schools in Ganjam district were advised to make books available in their libraries visible for the students. For this, books with these schools were segregated into various groups as per their suitability for children of different age groups. After that these books were to be displayed in classes of these schools so that children could see them and get interested to read them.

Some periods on Wednesdays were chosen as Drop Everything And Read classes. During these classes, the teachers and school students stopped their studies and started reading interesting books available in their classrooms. Students were encouraged to bring books of their interest from their homes also so that they could exchange them among themselves in the class. “In some schools there was dearth of proper number of books meant for small children. But there was ample community support for the project and localities at several places donated children’s books to schools,” said the DEO. According to sources, this project has been more successful in primary schools in comparison to high schools. It hints that younger children get attracted to books easily. It also means that small children easily develop habit of reading. “In this era of electronic entertainment children can be attracted towards reading habit if it is done at younger age,” said Mr Panda.

BERHAMPUR, November 27, 2015

Registration of land for ‘Gopalpur Industrial Park’ SEZ to begin soon

Registration process of land earmarked for ‘Gopalpur Industrial Park’ SEZ project in Ganjam district of Odisha to the name of Tata Steel would start soon.

Industrial Development Corporation (IDCO) of Odisha in the past had acquired 2,970 acres of land near Gopalpur port in Ganjam district for a mega steel plant project of Tata Steel. Later steel plant project had been shelved and the company had decided to have a SEZ on the land.

Till now the company did not have the land registered in its name. According to sources this land registration process will start soon and it will provide scope to the company to sub-lease land patches from it to other industrial units interested in establishing their units in the proposed ‘Gopalpur Industrial Park’. In the first phase, a portion of total land with the IDCO would be registered in the name of Tata Steel and rest of the land would go to possession of Tata Steel in phased manner.

Meanwhile, work is on for a ferrochrome plant that would come up on around 400 acres of this proposed SEZ land. Earlier it was envisioned that this 55,000 Tons Per Annum (TPA) ferrochrome plant being set up at a cost of Rs.800 crore would start production from July 2015. Now its inception is delayed till next year.

Threat of cyclonic storms on Ganjam district coast of Odisha had compelled Tata Steel to change the design of its proposed ferrochrome plant coming up in the region, which has caused this delay.

 –BERHAMPUR, September 28, 2015