Berhampur, Oct 14 (LocalWire): Former Union minister and Berhampur MP, Chandra Sekhar Sahu, today inaugurated the first children’s park at Paralakhemundi, the district headquarter town of Gajapati district.
The park has been developed over 2500 sqmtr area with an investment of Rs 37 lakh by the Paralakhemundi Municipality.
The park was developed in the cremation ground of Maharaja of Paralakhemundi.
Besides developing the park for children, the civic body also renovated the graves of the Maharaja and the queens, located in the ground.
The grave of Krushna Chandra Gajapati, who played a major role in the formation of Odisha as a separate state on 1 April, 1936 is also located here.
‘I thanked the authorities for developing the ground as a park along with the graves of late Maharajas, including Krushna Chandra Gajapati,’ said Sahu.
‘It’s not only a park for the amusement of the people and for children’s entertainment, it also provide a platform for physical exercise to the youths, morning walkers and a glimpse of history of the Maharaja of Paralakhemundi,’ said the MP after inaugurating the park.
‘Besides setting up the park, we have illuminated the graves so that visitors know about the history of Maharaja of Paralakhemundi,’ said executive officer of the civic body, Ashok Rout.
He said the civic body developed the ground, which was lying unutilized after getting written permission from Kalyani Devi, daughter of Gopinath Gajapati, the former MP (Berhampur) and scion of the royal family.
He said the civic body constructed the boundary wall, gate, pathways, benches, drainage system in the park.
Different equipments for children and an open gym has also been installed inside.