Capital city Bhubaneswar turns 70 on April 13


Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s capital city Bhubaneswar is celebrating its 70th Foundation Day today. It was on April 13, 1948 that first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had laid the foundation stone of the city.

World renowned German architect and urban planner Otto Koenigsberger prepared the city’s first master plan in 1948 for a population of 40 thousand.

Since then, Bhubaneswar remains a celebrated model of modern architecture and city planning. In the Smart City proposal, Bhubaneswar stood number one among the best cities of India with a score of 78.83 points.The city remains a notable paradigm of modern town planning and architecture in India.

After Utkal Diwas was celebrated with much fanfare across the state to mark its own foundation day on April 13. Bhubaneswar has turned 70 this year.

The celebration was spearheaded by the Rajdhani Foundation Day Celebration Committee and was centred around the city’s Smart City laurels.

On the occasion, all important buildings of the city has been illuminated, and a series of events – starting from a civilian parade to a photo exhibition, cultural programmes, and various competitions were held. As many as 25 people from different sections of the society were felicitated for their contribution to the city’s growth.

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