Nalco to upgrade Gandhi Smriti Pitha in Puri

Bhubaneswar: The Gandhi Smruthi Pitha by the sea beach at Puri in Odisha will soon turn into a state-of-the-art park, public-sector major Nalco announced today.

The aluminium major had set up the Gandhi Smruti Pitha in 2002 at an investment of Rs 50 lakh. The place was later handed over to the Puri-Konark Development Authority (PKDA) for maintenance.

In a meeting attended by local MP Maheswar Mohanty and Puri district collector Arvind Agarwal, Nalco CMD T K Chand agreed to upgrade the existing park with landscaping, plantation, musical fountains and lighting.

“A consultant shall be appointed in a month’s time in this regard and the work shall be finished in one year,” Chand said in a statement.

Nalco would take cues from the Brindavan Gardens at Mysore, Ramoji Film City at Hyderabad and GVK Industry, the company engaged in setting up new airports in India.

A committee has been set up for the execution of the project, which will be represented by S C Padhy, director (HR) and Amiya Patnaik, GM(H&A) from NALCO, the statement added.