By Piyush Ranjan Rout
It is a common sight in all our cities. Dirty public walls and office premises, used by all and sundry to put up whatever they want or worse, to use it as an urinal. Look at the two photographs from Bhubaneswar below for example. And see the before and after effect of the change that has been brought about.
In Bhubaneswar, we were almost shamed into engaging with our walls after a foreign professional asked if “this is what a historic city has to show to others.” There were many walls in the city that were used by goat butchers, garbage dumps, urination spots. And we took it as a challenge to transform them. After all, Rahul Dravid does not have to be the only graceful wall in India !
These wall paintings are now gateway to Bhubaneswar and have become heritage streets. Making walking on these roads an experience to treasure.
(Dr.Piyush Ranjan Rout is an Urban Management Practitioner in Emerging Economy)