Better facilities at parks

The development authority will increase the number of benches, signage and waste bins in city parks to improve their infrastructure.

By Sandeep Mishra
  • Published 11.08.18
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BETTER AMENITIES: A bench installed at a park in Bhimatangi in Bhubaneswar. Picture by Ashwinee Pati

Bhubaneswar: The development authority will increase the number of benches, signage and waste bins in city parks to improve their infrastructure.

The Bhubaneswar Development Authority on Friday invited request for proposal to select an agency for the plan. The agency will remain responsible for fabrication, supply, installation and maintenance of furniture and signage at various parks and roadsides in the city.

The furniture will include 10-seater and four-seater benches of stainless steel, twin hanging dustbins, automatic and semi-automatic eco-friendly toilets with bio-digester and signage such as area infographic and location indicator among others.

"We have planned to use stainless steel for ensuring long durability as the furniture and signage in the parks and alongside the roads are always prone to get rusted for being exposed to heat, dust and rain. The installations will be done by September," said the development body's chief horticulturist A.N. Dhar.

The authority has also come up with a tentative list of parks wherein the furniture and signage will be installed. The parks include the Indira Gandhi Park, Biju Patnaik Park, Madhusudan Das Park, Mahatma Gandhi Park, Buddha Jayanti Park, Kharavela Park, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Park and various colony parks across the city.

At present, the benches and other furniture, including the signage, in the city parks remained in a dilapidate condition.

"We will dismantle the old furniture and signage and install the new ones," said an authority official.

The authority has taken up a landscaping of several important stretches, including Janpath, Rajmahal Square to AG Square, Sachivalay Marg, Airport Square to KIIT Square, Airport Square to Sishu Bhavan Square and Udyan Marg among others.

On the other hand, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation has taken up a wall painting and mural project as part of the city beautification programme ahead of the Men's Hockey World Cup to be held here in November. The murals and wall painting job will be taken up along 40km stretch of the city.

"It is a good move to beautify and improve the infrastructure of the city in such a manner," said Kharavela Nagar resident Anjana Paul.