Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) and Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) are developing three parks in the city as ‘Smart Parks’ as part of the Smart City initiative. These ‘Smart Parks’ will be incorporated with child-friendly and social landscape features, as well as technological features such as Water ATMs, Wi-Fi and Informative variable signage systems, to connect the local communities with the open spaces in the city.
The parks shall be universally inclusive for all, and promoted as learning and recreational centers, with features like children’s play area, e-toilets, splash parks, open gyms, watch towers, butterfly parks, sensory gardens and a half-basketball court.
The initial parks chosen as part of the ‘Smart Park’ initiative are three parks in the Sahid Nagar region, namely the park district near Bhawani Mall (amalgamation of four small parks), BDA-OMC Park and a small community garden near Sparsh Hospital.
BSCL sources said the three Smart Parks will be constructed with a cost of Rs 1.80 crore and the work is likely to be over in six months time. The features will include e-toilet, Splash Park, Open Gym, Watch Tower, Butterfly Park, Sensory Garden and Information Variable signage system.