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Victorian Era Palur Canal Renovated

Khordha:5/8/17: A 151-year-old canal bearing the signature of British engineering technology has finally been refurbished to rejuvenate the depleting fish resources in Chilika, Asia’s largest brackish water lake off Bay of Bengal coast.

The canal is a classic case of marvellous British navigational engineering technology. Though it was dug out 150 years back, it continues to be a zero-gravity canal despite man-made barriers. The tidal height of tide in the canal water has a unique character maintaining uniformity at the mouth as also at the tail-end. The canal is a vital channel link as fish species migrate from sea to Chilika lake through the canal

21-KM-long Palur Canal, which was dug out during the infamous famine known as Na-anka Durbhikya in 1866 by the British, was subjected to wanton man-made barriers in the form of prawn dykes. As a result, the natural flow of water into Chilika was being plugged adversely affecting the fragile ecosystem of the brackish water lake and its aquatic animals and fish reserve.

In a massive exercise, Chilika Development Authority (CDA) has largely managed to make choke canal free from prawn dyke encroachment.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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