Thousands of villagers of at least four panchayats under Gudari block of the district have remained cut-off since Monday as the lone temporary bridge over the Bansadhara river connecting the panchayats with the block headquarters got washed away in the incessant rain that lashed the area on Sunday night.
The Odisha government has requested the Centre for two units of National Security Guard (NSG) to combat any kind of emergency and make security foolproof for rath yatra. The festival is scheduled for July 14 to July 25.
The debate triggered by the Supreme Court's suggestion for reforms in the Jagannath temple in Puri based on the report of Puri district judge is getting shriller with former minister Bijoy Mohapatra demanding that temple servitors' hereditary rights should be protected at all costs.
The housing and urban development department has directed the municipal corporation to submit complete information on the status of the proposed waste-to-energy plant at the dumping yard in Bhuasuni on the city outskirts.