Odisha’s only open-air sculpture museum to be thing of past soon

Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) is planning to shut Odisha’s first and only international art symposium located in Kalinga Nagar K-7 in Bhubaneswar, said sources. The art symposium established at the cost of Rs three crore from the State exchequer in seven acres area will be closed due to the alleged lackadaisical attitude of BDA officials.

Visitors will no longer be able to witness giant Olive Ridley, head of lion, elephant and other artwork sculpted out of scraps at the art symposium, namely ‘Bhubaneswar Open-Air Sculpture Museum’. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had inaugurated the museum, an initiative of Artists’ Network Promoting Indian Culture (ANPIC) and the Bhubaneswar Development Authority in November 2018.

Sources said the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to set up a micro compost plant at the site where the open-air sculpture museum is located currently.

Locals have raised questions over the rationale behind closing the sculpture museum and establishing the micro compost plant at the site which is surrounded by residential areas.

If the micro compost plant comes up here, locals will suffer from ailments due to emission of methane and carbon dioxide gases. This apart, the Kv-33 electricity wire is passing over the site creating endangering lives of residents of the nearby areas, a local alleged.

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