A dog made of scrap iron stands guard at the Beldih Triangle roundabout in Northern Town on Wednesday. (Bhola Prasad)
No scrap iron will now go waste in Jamshedpur, if Jusco has its way.
The Tata Steel subsidiary, which caters to the civic needs of the steel city, has come up with a unique plan of using scrap iron — lying on its backyard — for landscaping major roundabouts across the city.
Jusco’s horticulture wing has already put up a metal sculpture using scrap iron pieces near Beldih Triangle in Northern Town, Bistupur.
It’s quite an aesthetic addition to the landmark.
Enthused with overwhelming response from local residents over the ‘iron dog’, Jusco has drawn up plans to put up similar structures at important arteries and roundabouts.
“People have appreciated the idea of metal sculptures. So, we plan to come up with similar structures in Circuit House Area, Main Road, Office Road, the roundabout near Baug-E-Jamsheed on Pipeline Road and Bistupur Main Road,” said Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan.
According to sources in the horticulture wing, the scrap iron pieces are first burnt to clean them off the residual oil or grease.
A sketch of the design is then given to a horticulture team that creates the basic structure of the sculpture using the cleaned iron pieces.
The team then ensures that the basic structure has sufficient strength to hold the weight of the finished item.
“The iron structure is then modified by cutting, twisting and welding to give it shape. The final sculpture is cleaned, polished and given coats of automobile grade lacquer thinner to prevent it from rusting,” said a member of the horticulture team.
Finally, the iron sculpture is grouted with cement at the bottom to fix it and quartzite stones are placed nearby to add to its beauty and prevent it from being stolen.
“Each of the structures along with installation costs around Rs 10,000. This is an innovative idea that will add to the beauty of an area. So far, such metal sculptures were only set up in parks and gardens,” said the team member.
Jusco had used stumps of trees uprooted during hailstorms as decorative items last year.