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Concrete shield for potted flowers

Potted flowers dotting the Mango bridge, which connects Jamshedpur to NH-33, are set to bloom again, free from vandalism.

A city-based firm, Flora Horticultural Services, has initiated drive to plant some 100-odd pots along the pavements of the 800m bridge so that no one can relocate or damage them.

Under the initiative that started on December 14, the firm is applying concrete grouting, using a mixture of water, cement, sand and fine gravel, to protect the pots.

The office of Jamshedpur MP Ajay Kumar has hired Flora Horticultural Services for this project after some of the pots were found damaged on both sides of the bridge on November 10.

On October 18, the bridge, officially known as Jaiprakash Narayan Setu, got some 100 cemented pots with Euphorbia milli plants each costing Rs 1,000. The sturdy shrubs bear bright flowers round the year and live for around 12 years.

This was the maiden green drive carried out on the bridge, which was constructed by the erstwhile Bihar government in 1996.

After the November 10 incident, Kumar’s city representative Sashi Bhusan filed separate complaints at Sitaramdera and Mango police stations (since the two ends of the bridge fall under the two police stations) on November 11 against unidentified people for damaging the pots.

He also urged officers of the two stations to beef up patrolling on the bridge. “We have been waiting for police to act, but nothing has happened even after a month. So, we have decided to grout the pots on the pavements so that no one can remove or damage them,” said Bhusan.

The grouting of a pot will cost Rs 100-200 and will be borne by the Jamshedpur MP office.