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Corridor blends past & present

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 2: Come January, the city will get its first corridor that will showcase a blend of ancient heritage and knowledge-based modern thoughts.

The beautification drive of the stretch of road from Acharya Vihar to Sainik School Square is likely to be completed by the end of this month.

Started in June this year, the Rs 55-lakh project is being sponsored by an industrial house and executed by the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the public works department.

The 1.6-kilometre stretch includes major buildings and institutions, such as the Pathani Samanta Planetarium, the Regional Museum of Natural History, the Apollo Hospital, the Institute of Physics, the National Institute of Science Education and Research and the Sainik School, Bhubaneswar.

“This work is unique as zodiac signs are being re-created on the stretch between the Pathani Samanta Planetarium and Apollo Hospital. The planetarium, named after famous astrologer Pathani Samanta, is a centre for the study of planetary movements,’’ said a senior horticulturist of the BDA.

A statue of Sir Isaac Newton will also be placed in front of the National Institute of Science Education and Research to inspire young minds.

The median on this stretch will designed and beautified especially to attract students as Utkal University is also situated on the other side of the road.

A statue of a mermaid will be installed in front of the Regional Museum of Natural History.

The stretch will also include signage on road safety, locations of important institutions and sitting arrangements for the public.

“We hope to be able to finish the work on time. The lighting system is already on. After the beautification work and installation of the sitting arrangements, the greenbelt on the median of the road will attract many,” said BMC commissioner Sanjib Kumar Mishra.

A research student of Utkal University, Tanmay Swain, said: “The beautification and designing of this stretch is a welcome step. The concept of installing zodiac signs to respect the works of Pathani Samanta should also be followed in front of other educational and research institutions in the city.”