It would be a State government funded project, which would be executed by the Berhampur Development Authority (BDA). BDA secretary Dipti Mohapatra said this proposed rock garden is a dream project of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The CM’s office had initiated the process for the project and even helped in finding suitable architect for the purpose. The State government has already sanctioned Rs.5.37 crore for the project. The project cost may get revised after the final report. Only solar energy would be used in the garden to create awareness regarding renewable energy sources.
The BDA has already identified around nine acres of land for this proposed rock garden in the Ambapua area. There is ample unused land nearby that can be utilised for its extension as well as establishment of parking space and food courts. It is hoped that the park’s total area may go beyond 10 acres.
Experts of a Delhi-based architecture firm are expected to reach Berhampur in last week of December to finalise the plan for the project. “We expect to provide detail report to the State government by December 31”, said Ms Mohapatra.
The land chosen is an extreme rocky patch. It has elevated structures and small natural water bodies. These natural structures would be beautified along with addition of green patches. The garden is expected to showcase traditional rock carving skills of Odia artisans.