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Encroachment on irrigation canal alleged

Two corporators have alleged that the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BMC) is not taking steps to remove unauthorised constructions in the name of temples on public land in the city.

Pramod Kumar Jena and Ashok Kumar Shukla, representing ward numbers 3 and 4 in the city, have written to the Supreme Court, the Union Law Minister and the State's Chief Secretary, alleging that unauthorised construction had been taken up in the name of a temple over an irrigation canal passing through their area. This led to severe water-logging in the locality affecting public health, they said in the letter, adding that despite several complaints the BMC had not taken action to remove the illegal encroachment.

Advocate Basant Kumar Nepak said inaction against encroachments in the name of religion was violation of the order passed by the Supreme Court in a Special Appeal (civil) case No. 8519/2006,.

Lawyers stage protest

Lawyers of the city demonstrated in front of the headquarters of power distribution company, Southco, on Wednesday to protest against unscheduled power-cuts and voltage problem. The lawyers met vice-president of the Southco, Tapan Mishra. Senior lawyer Basant Panda said the Southco authorities tried to pass on the responsibility to the Orissa Power Transmission Corporation Limited.

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