'One of its kind': Bhubaneswar’s first sensory park for specially-abled to open soon
The park was constructed under the auspices of the Smart City initiative with the requirements of the city's specially-abled residents in mind, who will use the facility in the park. It cost Rs 93 lakh to build and spans 0.37 acres (or 16,117 square feet).
As part of the smart city initiative, Bhubaneswar will soon have a dedicated recreational park for the differently-abled. The Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) is nearly finished with the construction of the city's 'Sensory Park' in Saheed Nagar. The park was constructed under the auspices of the Smart City initiative with the requirements of the city's specially-abled residents in mind, who will use the facility in the park.
The park cost Rs 93 lakh to build and spans 0.37 acres (or 16,117 square feet). The park has insulated paths, play equipment for children, an open-air gym, and other amenities for the public.
As per various media reports, Sanjay Kumar Singh, CEO of Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL), said the rides and equipment at the park have safety measures. He added that the ground is covered with soft synthetic liner or sand to give the specially-abled youngsters a beautiful ambience to play and learn.
The park was planned by the Bhubaneswar Urban Knowledge Centre (BUKC), and even though construction began in 2018, it was postponed because of the Covid-19 epidemic.
Several initiatives have been launched as part of the country's Smart City programme. As part of the Smart Cities Mission initiative, Tamil Nadu has approved establishing a tribal park in Thoothukudi (previously Tuticorin) at Rs 73 lakh to conserve and exhibit the nature and culture of tribal people in and around its woods. According to officials, the tribal park would assist youngsters in learning and recognising the unique lifestyle and characteristics of tribals who live in the state and across the country.