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Joggers’ track gets prettier & safer

This winter, morning walkers will have a good reason to shake off laziness and put on their running shoes.

Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco has started landscaping the 1.9km joggers’ stretch, passing through the posh Kaiser Bungalow locality, on Kadma-Sonari Link Road.

The beautification drive involves planting of Mexican grass and flowering plants on both sides of the joggers’ track. The utility provider will also close two intersections bisecting the track to ensure that walkers don’t fall prey to speeding vehicles.

Waste soil from civil construction projects is being used for the purpose. Work, which is being executed jointly by Jusco’s town planning and horticultural departments, is expected to be over by the end of this month.

According to sources in the horticultural department, the landscaping will not disturb the width of the joggers’ stretch, which is five metres.

“Besides beautifying the stretch, we are also repairing edges of the walking track and replacing pre-cast concrete blocks that get damaged during the landscaping exercise,” an official said, adding that an amount of Rs 2 lakh was being spent on the drive.

Currently, mounds of waste soil, which lies dumped on both sides of the stretch, are being watered daily.

Soon, the mounds will boast a green cover of Mexican grass. They will be lined with quartzite stones and flowering plants of various kinds will be planted along the track.

“We will use stones for hardscaping and plant Euphorbia milii, date palm trees and Agave americana shrubs, which cannot be damaged by animals. Flowering plants like bougainvillaea will also be used. Besides beautifying the arterial stretch, the landscaping will give a pleasant feeling to the walkers,” said Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan.

As for closing the two intersections, flowering plants, surrounded by fencing, will be used to block the point where Hehal Road bisects the joggers’ track. The roundabout near Dindli Road will be extended to close the adjoining intersection point.

The move has raised the spirit of walkers.

Deputy general manager of Jusco’s corporate communications wing Anant Pratap Singh, who is a regular at the joggers’ stretch, said: “We are eagerly waiting for completion of work. The green drive will transform the walking experience. I also welcome the initiative of blocking the intersections. Lately, these were used by rogue riders for stunt-biking. We will feel much safer now.”