The entrance to Bhuiyadih Park and (right) children play inside the new green lung of the city on Tuesday. Pictures by Bhola Prasad
From garbage dump to manicured greens.
Jusco presented the city with a four-acre green zone in Bhuiyadih on Tuesday, three days before Independence Day.
Two years of planning and hard work turned what used to be a barren plot strewn with municipal waste and cow dung into a landscaped green lung — Bhuiyadih Park — complete with joggers’ track, children’s and meditation areas.
Sunil Bhaskaran, vice-president, corporate services, Tata Steel inaugurated Bhuiyadih Park in the presence of Jusco managing director Ashish Mathur, Tata Steel and Jusco officials and residents.
This is the latest in a series of initiatives by Jusco in the past five years where the Tata Steel subsidiary has converted over 10 wastelands and encroached areas into green lungs. Earlier ones include Golmuri Park, Baridih Park, Kagalnagar Park, Golmuri Jogger’s Park, Agrico Jogger’s Park, Shastrinagar Jogger’s Park, Kadma Park, Gangotri Park, Nagarkot Park, Nildih Park and Shatabdi Park.
“I hope people look after this beautiful gift. We have seen the transformation in two years and we ought to see more. The park has been made keeping in mind modern-day concepts. In the near future, there will be more parks in the city,” said Sunil Bhaskaran.
Bhaskaran also handed over the charge of the park to S.P. Singh, a senior citizen from the local management committee of the park.
Singh, on his part, thanked Tata Steel and Jusco for the initiative and assured them of making the self-maintenance model work for the park.
“The park is a result of the aspirations of people to live in a good neighbourhood with a beautiful landmark. It is also the result of hard work of our team members. We have wisely planned the park so that all age groups can come and enjoy,” said Jusco MD Mathur.
From a joggers’ track to 12 benches and proper illumination for the night, to a children’s corner with swings, sea-saw, slides, pull-up bar and more, as well as a rich collection of plants, the park is inviting for old and young alike. The park also has a meditation corner, bore well with watering points, a volleyball court, parking area and a recreational space.