Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will kick start the Local Self-Government (LSG) day celebrations by inaugurating street lighting at four locations across the city.
The street lighting is one of a series of projects lined up by BMC for inauguration, in the run up to the main event on August 31. The new streetlights have been provided at Khandagiri Square to Baramunda, Khandagiri Square to Kalinga Studio Chhak, Press Chhak to Nalco Chhak, Gajapati Nagar Square to Railway Stadium Square and Patia Square to Check Gate via KIIT Square. “The budget for the street lighting was over ` 3 crore,” said Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena.
Ironically, the stretch between Khandagiri and Udaygiri that goes towards Chandaka will be lighted up for the first time. “The stretch did not have any streetlights since 1947. It will be the first time that the stretch will receive streetlights,” stated Jena proudly. Residents of nearby area said the stretch becomes pitch dark after the sundown making it very difficult to commute. The crucial street lighting on the stretch of NH-5 between Khandagiri Square and Baramunda was delayed due to the ongoing expansion work on the highway.
The BMC had reportedly received money for installing streetlights last year only. “We have provided streetlights in the land was available to us, that is from Khandagiri Square till the Rajdhani College,” informed Jena.
The rest of the projects that have been lined up for the LSG Day are the inauguration of the renovated Chua Lake at Ghatikia, crematorium at Kapilprasad and Badagada, garment market at Unit II, park at Madhusudhan Nagar, laying of foundation stone for meat market construction at Ghatikia and foundation stone for Night Shelter at Bhimpur. All this will take place on August 30. Inauguration and development of Bindusagar lake and Inauguration and construction of extension building of Brahmeswar Patna hospital will take place on August 31. Even though BMC is moving ahead with the new projects, a few projects from previous year’s LSG Day are lying dormant. Though foundation for the construction of footbridge was laid last year, work on it is yet to start. “Work will be started very soon,” is the curt reply received from BMC officials, for the past few months.