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Bindusagar ,the holy pond in use since the 8th century will clean-up within three months

Bhubaneswar:6/6/20: On World Environment Day today, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed to clean up the Bindusagar pond here, the holy pond in use since the 8th century for daily rites of Lingaraj temple, within three months.

The memorandum was signed between Odisha Bridge Construction Corporation (OBCC), on behalf of the Government of Odisha and Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Indian Oil (IOC) Odisha Campus, Bhubaneswar, Friday.

Engineer Jaya Krishna Das, Managing Director of OBCC and Bhaskar N Thorat, Director ICT-IOC, IIT-KGP Extension Centre, BBSR signed the MoU on behalf of their organisations.

As per the understanding, ICT-IOC Bhubaneswar will study and implement the clean-up projects for all 5 ponds including Bindusagar, within three months from the date of signing up of the MoU, subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

Cleaning up of the remaining four ponds will be taken up afterward, the MoU said. The pond clean-up project will be funded from CSR expenditure of IOCL while it will be carried out by ICT-IOC, Bhubaneswar. The institute has also agreed to bear the maintenance expenses for a period of three years. The state government will provide electricity at free of cost for the projects, as per the MoU signed Friday.

A state-of-the-art technology known as Hydrodynamic Cavitation will be applied for cleaning up the water of the 5 ponds. The technology has been developed by the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai and has been successfully implemented in several projects throughout the country.

ICT-IOC, Bhubaneswar will take the help of ITC Mumbai to design the system for cleaning up the ponds, including the 21-acre area of Bindusagar, the biggest among all the holy ponds situated near Lingaraj temple.

About Ashok Palit

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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