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Rides for kids, walking trail for elders

- New park coming up at Madhusudan Nagar to have lights and drinking water facilities

Bhubaneswar, April 2: Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is developing a park at Madhusudan Nagar, where both senior citizens and kids can spend quality time.

The civic body has already constructed the boundary wall and four gates of the proposed park. “The ward has a population of more than 10,000 and around 3,000 people live in Madhusudan Nagar alone. It was found that elders were facing problems while taking their morning walk along the main road. Some were also forced to go elsewhere to take a walk either in the morning or evening. But now, people need not go out of their locality. They can take a walk along with their grandchildren,” said councillor Sasmita Nanda.

The park will be called Madhusudan Park and it will have enough rides so that children too can have fun. It will not be very big, but it will have facilities such as lights and drinking water.

Engineers of the municipal corporation said while civic structures, including the wall and iron gill gates on four sides, will cost around Rs 10 lakh, another Rs 3 lakh would be spent on the rides for children. While funds for the civic work will be made available by the local councillor from her own annual grant of Rs 60 lakh from the 2010-2011 allocation, the rides will be financed by a city-based business house as part of their corporate social responsibility exercise.

“Earlier, the land (where the park will be built) was used by goons, who gathered here for drinking sessions in the evening. With the construction of the public facility, the place will be free of any such problems and the local people, including both kids and senior citizens, will have some open space to relax and unwind,” said a local resident.

BMC authorities have already written to the state general administration department to get permission for possession of land required for the park as technically, this department is the owner of government land in the city.

In the past, the civic body, in association with the Indian Association of Paediatrics, had planned to have a park for special kids at Saheed Nagar. “After getting the land permission from the general administration department, the civic body has issued work order and the boundary wall construction will start soon,” said local councillor Padmanabh Dash.