Dhamra: It was a unique way of celebrating Utkal Divas, the day commemorating the formation of Odisha as a separate state. Dhamra Port celebrated Utkal Divas with 150-odd differently able children of Binapani Hellen Kellar Special School for Deaf, Dumb and
Blind and the Mahaveer School for Deaf and Dumb in Bhadrak district.
A colourful function was organised by DPCL at the casuarina forests of Karanjamal, about 12 km from the port area wherein various competitions, games and a picnic was organised for these children. The competitions included debate and devotional song competition among the
visually impaired students on the topic “Vande Utkal Janani” and drawing and painting competition for the speech and hearing impaired children. A friendly cricket match was organised between the speech and hearing impaired students.
The children were cheered by several DPCL officers and their teachers. Prizes were distributed to the winners in different events.
One of the prime attractions of the Utkal Divas celebrations was a visit to the port site organised by DPCL for the differently able children. They were briefed about the port operations and cargo transportation from the port through Dhamra-Bhadrak rail link. Since 2009 Dhamra Port has undertaken various extra-curricular activities for the differently able children in both the residential schools as part of its CSR. The main objective of celebrating Utkal Divas with these differently able children every year is to enable
them understand the importance of the Day and improve their love and attachments towards the state and our language. Another idea is to give these children a full day of happenings and happiness, DPCL sources said.