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Odisha  Chief Minister unveiled the National Flag Plaza at Mahatma Gandhi Park

Bhubaneswar: 7/3/24: Odisha  Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unveiled the National Flag Plaza today at Mahatma Gandhi Park near Janta Maidan in the state capital.

Spanning 5,600 square meters, this plaza is a tribute to the National Flag of India, featuring a towering mast carrying the flag at a height of 100 feet.Housing and Urban Development Minister, Usha Devi, Science and Technology Minister, Ashok Chandra Panda, MLA (Central) Ananta Narayan Jena, MLA (North) Sushant Kumar Rout, BMC Mayor Sulochana Das, Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena, BDA Chairman G Mathivathanan, Police Commissioner Sanjeeb Panda, BDA VC Balwant Singh, and other officials of OMC were present during the occasion.

The plaza serves as a poignant reminder of the historical struggles surrounding the birth of the flag, highlighting key figures pivotal to its evolution. Sandstone panels adorned with stainless steel plates display UV-printed flags from 1907 to 1947, alongside portraits of national and local heroes of the freedom movement. Additionally, inscriptions of “JAI HIND” in the 22 official languages recognized under the Indian Constitution’s 8th schedule, as well as renditions of the national anthem in Hindi and Odia scripts, adorn these panels.

 

The concept for the flag plaza originated from the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), with execution undertaken by a collaborative effort between the Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) and the Bhubaneswar Urban Knowledge Centre (BUKC) of the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA). The BDA will be responsible for the ongoing maintenance and management of the flag plaza.

 

With its towering height of 100 feet, the flag provides the public with a direct visual link to its presence. Comprising sandstone-clad wall panels, the installation offers viewers an educational journey through the evolution of our national flag over the years.

In addition to its symbolic significance, the plaza offers amenities such as a children’s play area and recreational mounds, catering to individuals of all age groups without disrupting the park’s existing greenery. The plaza also features a water fountain and an audio sound system to play patriotic songs. The adjacent open space provides unobstructed views of the flag and enhances safety through strategically placed lighting, accommodating large gatherings from nearby institutions and commercial establishments.

Spanning 3.6 acres, Mahatma Gandhi Park, located near Janta Maidan in Jaydev Vihar, stands as one of Bhubaneswar’s most beloved green spaces, featuring a prominent statue of Mahatma Gandhi at its core. The project’s completion has revitalized and reclaimed the 5600 sqm land area of the park’s frontage, providing ample space for gatherings to pay homage to the flag.

This initiative not only enriches Bhubaneswar’s cultural landscape but also deepens the community’s connection to the nation’s heritage and symbols.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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