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Cash fillip for green lung

A place that once housed prisoners will soon metamorphose into a breathing space for the state capital.

Chief minister Hemant Soren has sanctioned Rs 3.25 crore for construction of the ambitious Bhagwan Birsa Munda Smriti Park near Jail More based on the forest department’s Green Habitat concept — a first-of-its-kind initiative in the state.

To be built in the memory of tribal icon Bhagwan Birsa Munda, the 44-acre green lung will come up on the premises of the old prison that is lying abandoned since 2006. The total cost of the project has been pegged at a whopping Rs 22 crore. Initially, Rs 3.25 crore was sanctioned about 15 days back, while the remaining amount will be released in phases as work progresses.

The mega green project will include an open-air theatre, rainwater harvesting system, laser show and seating arrangements, among other facilities.

Ranchi DFO R.L. Bakshi said: “We have already started constructing the boundary wall and shall complete the first phase by March. As part of the green initiative, we will restore the natural landscape besides adding water and energy conservation facilities.”

Bakshi further said that Hemant laid the foundation stone of Bhagwan Birsa Munda Smiriti Park in November last year.