To make the people of Vizag more health-conscious, environment friendly, and spiritually inclined, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC), is all set to develop eight Panchatatva theme based parks with walkway based on the concept of Acupressure in each and every zone of the city.
The Acupressure concept walkway will be developed based on the five elements of nature (Panchabhutas) — Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether, each of which have its own character and celestial elements. The parks will be having cross-walk, infinity walk, Yoga shed, ‘Raasi Vanam (trees which represent each sign of the zodiac), Nakshatra garden (plants which represent each Nakshatra), open gym and herbal plants, and has facilities for different age groups.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, M Damodar, assistant director (horticulture department), GVMC said, we have already issued tenders for the development of four Panchatatva parks costing Rs. 55 lakhs in the city. The remaining four parks will be developed in a phased manner. And these Panchatatava walk is a circular track developed using eight components to walk over and these include 20mm stone, 10mm stone, 6mm chips, river stone, rough sand, tree bark, black soil, and water.
The walking will be done from a very hard surface to a smooth and relaxing component by which the blood circulation in the body improves curing several ailments of the body. This also helps the senior citizens and persons who have knee joint pains and cannot walk for longer distances, he added.
The inner circle is divided into nine segments and plants corresponding to Navagrahas are planted along with varieties of herbal plants in the boxes which makes people feel they are doing parikramas around the Navagrahas. Medical experts opined that the Panchatatva parks would come with several health benefits such as addressing sleep deprivation, improving eyesight and immunity, blood pressure management, etc.
GVMC is carrying out sustained efforts to increase Vizag’s green cover and also creating a series of green islands across the city that have started to yield positive results. The civic body which has been vigorously involved in creating more green spaces for the citizens is also creating 20 to 30 residential colony parks under a public-private partnership model every year, wherein Resident Welfare Associations will have to bear one-third of the expenditure to be incurred on park development, the GVMC will provide the remaining two thirds as grant-in-aid.
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