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First Chief Town Planner of Odisha passed away

Bhubaneswar:31/10/20: Surendra Behera (68) former Director of Town Planning and the first Chief Town Planner of Odisha passed away here in the city on Tuesday. He is survived by his wife, daughter and a son.

The town planner, a native of Balanga village of Puri district, was an alumnus of Ravenshaw College and Utkal University and had obtained his Masters in Regional Planning from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur in 1980 and Post Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Szczecin, Poland, in 1984.

He worked in various positions in the Directorate of Town Planning from 1977 to 2010. He also served as the Planning Member of the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) in the past and was fondly remembered by his colleagues for his dedication for work.

He was a Fellow Member of the Institute of Town Planners India (ITP), the founding Secretary of the Orissa Regional Chapter of the ITPI, and served as Chairman of the regional chapter ITPI from 2006 to 2008.

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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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