The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation announced earlier today that it would launch a smart project for redesigning of footpaths along the Janpath area in the coming days.
BMC Commissioner Krishan Kumar said the corporation had earmarked an estimated Rs. 75 crore budget for the smart footpaths project, adding that it would enable city dwellers to walk and do cycling freely.
The BMC Commissioner present at the Patho Utsav stated, “A smart project for redesigning of footpaths will be launched in coming days at cost of Rs 75 crore at Janpath here so that people will be able to walk and do cycling freely. Besides, the child-friendly footpath will make space for vehicle parking as well.”
The announcement was made at the inaugural ceremony of the second edition of Raahgiri Day, the popular weekly event in Bhubaneswar patronized by the BMC.
He further said, “If the smart footpath gets appreciation from public, the project will be taken up at other places of the city in future.”
The Raahgiri was rechristened with a brand-new name to suit the Odia fervor. The event would be now called ‘Bhubaneswar Patho Utsav’.
Earlier this week, the corporation had announced a prize of Rs. 5000 for the winner who could suggest a suitable name for the event.
The ‘Bhubaneswar Patho Utsav’ resumed today from Ram Mandir Square to Master Canteen Square here at 7 am after three months amid songs and dance of denizens.
The ‘Bhubaneswar Patho Utsav’, earlier held in the name of ‘Raahgiri Day’ in the State’s capital city, was inaugurated by Mass Education minister Debi Prasad Mishra in presence of Culture Minister Ashok Panda, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor Anant Narayan Jena, BMC Commissioner Krishan Kumar and two locals MLAs – Bijaya Kumar Mohanty and Priyadarshi Mishra.
The BMC will provide Rs 2.5 lakh for four weeks to organize the Patho Utsav which will be held on every Sunday for nine months. The event would promote cycling on coming Sundays.
Courtesy: Odisha TV