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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: In a bid towards making the Capital City more inclusive and attractive, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to set up a ‘Cultural Corridor’ in the city to promote Odisha’s rich and diverse art and culture.

As per official sources, the one-of-its-kind initiative will boost livelihoods of many people, especially the underprivileged ones and some of the gifted artisans of the State by providing them a platform and access to a larger market at the city level.

As per the decision, the stretch from Rama Devi Women’s University to Rupali Square along the Janpath will be converted into the Cultural Corridor. Special kiosks will be put up along the city’s prime business corridor to showcase and sell famous indigenous products from different places or districts of the State. Products such as Koraput coffee, Kandhamal turmeric  and applique handicraft of Pipili will be up for sale.

A meeting in this regard was held on Wednesday under the chairmanship of BMC Additional Commissioner Abanikanta Patnaik, in presence of South-East Zonal Deputy Commissioner Anshuman Rath, Deputy Commissioner Pramod Prusty and other officials.

"Under this initiative, around 30 smart vending kiosks will be reserved for putting up special outlets in this corridor. We have decided to keep the Rupali Square stretch reserved for putting up special kiosks to showcase unique products the State,” said Patnaik.

"The purpose behind this initiative is to make the city more attractive for the visitors and tourists and promote Bhubaneswar as a vibrant and happening city of India," he added.

(Edited by Suryakant Jena)

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