Bhopal: Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) busy in beautification work has forgotten the big earthen planters it had placed s vessels at the central verge on the Link Road no-1. The hue earthen vessels, which were center of attraction once at one time today stand abandoned ‘nurturing’ dehydrated and dried plants. However, the civic body has still to take note of it. The municipal authority instead of accepting their negligence to take care of the plants, have put on the blame on cold wave and biting cold.
Just three months ago, big size earthen vessels, costing Rs 3000 each, had replaced small planters for plantation. The pots were painted and saplings were planted. Today, most of the plants are wilted or dried up showing the blatant lethargic attitude of the municipal authorities.
The decorative vessels were to be place on central verge of the link road, at premises of government offices. Nearly 500 vessels were purchased in first lot. Even as small vessels were available and were serving the same purpose, the authorities went on to purchase these costly giant size earthen vessels citing beautification of the state capital.
BMC deputy commissioner Harish Gupta said, however, claimed that they have not neglected the plants and it was because of the cold weather that they were not in good health. “We planted the saplings in the vessels but it may be due to cold wave and biting cold that plants are not nurturing. In spring seasons, new leaves would come. We have painted them to give a colourful look on central verge,” said the official.