The newly laid walking trail at Ram Dayal Munda Park and (left) a worker gives finishing touches to a podium before the inauguration. Pictures by Hardeep Singh
Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) is coming up with another green lung in the state capital.
On the occasion of the birth anniversary of tribal icon Ram Dayal Munda on August 23, the civic body will gift a park, spread over 56,000sqft, to city residents. Located near the state guesthouse in Morabadi, it will be known as Ram Dayal Munda Park and is being built at a cost of Rs 46.94 lakh.
RMC officials have issued strict instructions to the labourers to finish construction by August 22.
“Since August 23 is the birth anniversary of Mundaji after whom the new park is being named, we have decided to throw it open for public the same day,” said Dipankar Panda, chief executive officer of RMC, who is personally monitoring ongoing work.
The inauguration will also see installation of a huge single vertical block of stone in honour of the famous scholar. It will be in sync with the tradition of Munda community, where a monolith is laid after the death of a person. Known as pathalgadi in local dialect, the details of Munda’s life and works will be engraved on the stone for visitors’ knowledge.
“Family members of Mundaji have been urged to prepare the stone and carve the details on it,” RMC public relations officer Naresh Kumar Sinha said.
As a token of appreciation, the family has already planted sal trees at the park.
Asked who will inaugurate it, Sinha said they were yet to take a final call. In June, governor Syed Ahmed had inaugurated two parks at Morabadi and Harmu. However, at that time, the state was under President’s rule and there was no chief minister. Hence, sources claimed that this time, it’s a choice between Hemant and Ahmed this time.
The chief minister is more likely to do the honours as his father Shibu Soren resides a stone’s throw from the upcoming park.
Sal trees, tribal-styled gate and seats and colourful lights will adorn the green lung. Besides, a stream runs through the park, which is being nurtured and beautified by the civic body. A small bridge is being constructed over the water body.
Munda, a former Rajya Sabha MP, was born on August 23, 1939, in Deori village of Tamar. He died on September 30, 2011. The tribal ideologue received many national awards, including Padmashree.