Quality walls !

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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)

  1. December 2, 2011

    Narasimha Reddy Donthi

    Kinnera garu, yes the hidden costs are not understood. Experience shows that mega-chains do not pay farmers enough. In US, farmers are dependent on government subsidies. People expect direct buying from farmer would reduce costs by elimination of middlemen. But, normally, they do not factor the costs of procurement (HR, transport, etc) of a single buyer. A big corporate will usually have big overheads, which would replace and surplus the current costs of market intermediaries. these costs would not be limited to one particular chain of procurement, say rice in one area. It would include costs of all procurement chains across the globe. And, then, ‘bad’ business decisions. For example, big corporate decides buy huge stocks of ‘x’ product, and the market for such ‘tanks’, they would end up with losses, sometimes notional and sometimes real. these losses would again be spread across, and would not be limited to that particular product.

    Expectation that big corporates would pass on the ‘intermediary’ costs of the farmer is more a wish, than a fact. They would rather ‘store-up’ the surpluses for bad times, than pass it onto the farmers. In fact, big retailers, in recent years, have failed to control quality of agri-products, and also could not prevent pilferage, corruption, product dis-uniformity and price standards.

    FDI in retail would also take out ‘liquid’ currency out of India, and would become a route of ‘extra’ economy, ably facilitate by the government. It would also lead to spiral of consumerism, and result in increase in packaging waste (mountains and mountains). These retail spaces would incude ‘shopping’ addiction and wastage of precious environmental resources.

  2. August 28, 2011

    Debasish Patra

    Yes, this particular initiative changed the look of the Bhubaneswar. Awesome!


  3. July 23, 2011

    Mohan G

    Half expecting  a piece on icecream, I was pleasantly surprised to see this photoblog. Great headlne for the story !

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