A flowering plant placed on the pavement along Mango bridge on Wednesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
The 800-metre Mango bridge, which connects Jamshedpur to NH-33, has finally received a green makeover.
Pavements along the bridge, officially known as Jaiprakash Narayan Setu, now boast 200 potted Euphorbia milii plants. The sturdy shrub will soon bear colourful flowers.
The cement pots have been placed at a distance varying between five and 10 feet from each other.
This is the maiden drive carried out on the bridge, constructed in 1996 by the erstwhile Undivided Bihar government.
The drive to beautify the arterial stretch was undertaken by Jamshedpur MP Ajoy Kumar in association with the state chapter of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).
Kumar’s Jamshedpur representative Shashi Bhushan said that flowers of five different colours — red, fluorescent yellow, light pink, spotted pink and white — would bloom.
He added that thorns on the stems of Euphorbia milii would prevent cattle from munching on the plants.
“The plantation drive began in September and was completed on October 15. We will water the plants and repair pots for three years from October 2013. Thereafter, their maintenance will be entrusted to Mango Notified Area Committee or Jusco, depending on who comes forward,” he said.
The plants, which have been provided by city-based Flora Horticultural Services, will flower round the year and live for 12 years.
Watered once in two days, they can grow a metre high. They can also be trimmed.
“These plants won’t shrivel up even if they are not watered. But, in dry seasons like summer and winter, watering will ensure that they flower,” Bhushan said, adding that each plant and pot cost Rs 1,000.
Everyday, over 1.5 lakh vehicles cross Mango bridge that links the city to the densely-populated Mango and NH-33. Almost all long-distance buses heading to Odisha, Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Ranchi use the bridge.
The MP’s representative said Ajoy Kumar planned to similar green drives on pavements along Tatanagar railway bridge, Dimna Road, Old Purulia Road, Kalimati Road, Jugsalai-Station Road, the stretch along district collectorate and the road linking Bagbera Colony to Baroda ghat.