Alongside the trio, who have worked tirelessly to limit the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, 10 other personalities – industrialist Pankaj Lochan Mohanty, hockey player Deep Grace Ekka, lawyer Madhumadhab Jena, ophthalmologist Dr Ashok Nanda, artist Gajendra Prasad Sahu, social worker Nilamani Mishra, traffic policeman Seshadeb Sahu, nurse Haramani Das, Biplab postman Ranjan Mallick and street sweeper Sushama Dei – were also praised.
The 74th Foundation Day celebrations were marked by a government-sponsored function held before the state assembly. Besides several dignitaries, the assembly president SN Patro attended the event as the main guest. “The capital Bhubaneswar is on the way to becoming a developed and progressive modern city for which plans and programs are being drawn up by the government,” Patro said.
The function began with a civil parade. Students from 73 private and public schools participated in the parade, while groups from Odisha Special Armed Police, Sainik School and Central Reserve Police Force joined the march. Members of the Odisha Skating Academy and Maharshi College Dare Devil teams performed various stunts. The day was also celebrated at BMC district offices.
Sources said that German urban planner Otto Königsberger planned modern Bhubaneswar in 1948. The assembly front region along Mahatma Gandhi Marg (PMG Square) is also known as Foundation Square. Every year, the square and the adjoining stretch are illuminated with lights.