The pavements on Mango bridge will boast potted plants next month. Picture by Bhola Prasad
The 800m Mango bridge, Jamshedpur’s gateway from NH-33, is all set to have a green makeover.
The double-laned bridge, formally called Jaiprakash Narayan Setu, will do away with its eyesore image and get potted plants on its pavements, courtesy Jamshedpur MP Ajoy Kumar.
Cement pots will have plants of thorny or prickly varieties such as Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) or cacti that are “cattle-resistant”.
The plantation exercise is slated to be complete by mid-September.
This is the first greening mission on Mango bridge built at a cost of Rs 6 crore in 1996 by the erstwhile Bihar government. Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco maintains lights and other infrastructure on the bridge.
“We had received requests from various citizen outfits to beautify and green the main city gateway,” Jamshedpur MP representative Shashi Bhushan said.
“We plan to place around 200 pots of cattle-resistant plants on the pavements that are 4ft wide. Necessary permissions have been obtained by the district administration. Plants with pots will be procured from a city horticulture society,” he added.
The cost of each plant with the pot will amount to Rs 1,000. Pots will be placed at a distance of five to 10 feet on pavements flanking the bridge.
“Plants and pots have been chosen after a lot of thought. Cement pots are sturdy while thorny plants will deter cows and goats from munching on them. They will also bear bright flowers,” the MP representative added.
Everyday, over 1.5 lakh private, public and commercial vehicles cross Mango bridge, which links the city to densely populated Mango and NH-33. Almost all long-distance buses from Sitaramdera terminus to Odisha, Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar as well as state capital Ranchi and other cities of Jharkhand use the bridge.
With potted plants in place, the arterial link will look cheery. But what remains to be seen is whether — or how soon — vandals are able to break the pots and destroy the plants.
However, the MP’s office is optimistic. “We plant a similar green drive on the central verge on Dimna Road in the near future as well,” Bhushan said.