Bhubaneswar, Jan. 6: A few weeks from now, a walk down the stretch between Acharya Vihar and Sainik School will make you ponder on your sun sign, marvel at the sculpture of a mermaid and enjoy a green and sculpted landscape.
The sculpture of a mermaid has already come up on the stretch as part of the city’s beautification drive. The drive is likely to be completed by January 30 in this area.
The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is coordinating the work, while the execution is being done by Rungta Mines. The Rs 1-crore beautification project is going to include post-execution maintenance assurance, as the nearby government and private institutions have agreed to take up the maintenance work near their boundary walls once the beautification work is over.
A senior officer of Rungta Mines told The Telegraph: “Across the city, many beautification projects executed as collaborative ventures with the BMC are lying in neglect because of lack of maintenance. So, we suggested this particular idea and the BMC commissioner convened a meeting with all the institutions concerned to take up the maintenance work in future near their compounds and they have agreed to it.”
Starting from the Pathani Samanta Planetarium at Acharya Vihar Square and passing by the Regional Museum of Natural History, Institute for Mines and Materials Technology, Apollo Hospital, Institute of Physics, National Institute of Science Education and Research, Utkal University and Sainik School, this road goes up to Kalinga Hospital Square.
The 12 zodiac signs on the median will be on display as symbols of astronomy and astrology, as the planetarium is located nearby. A statue of Sir Isaac Newton will be come up in front of the Institute of Physics.
Deputy municipal commissioner Krushna Chandra Pati said: “The beautification project has been executed with innovative ideas such as bringing together elements of science, astrology, health, physics and natural history. There will also be seating arrangements for people who want to enjoy the landscape.”
He said the post-beautification maintenance would be a priority with the BMC this time on the project between Acharya Vihar and Sainik School. “The nearby institutes are ready to maintain the structures located adjacent to their compounds.”
Ajit Dash, a resident of Chandrasekharpur, who is a regular commuter on this stretch, said: “The beautification work and especially the mermaid will definitely catch people’s attention.”
This stretch will also include signage of the names of nearby institutions, quotes on road safety and other useful social messages for better urban governance and people’s participation.