BHUBANESWAR: As many as 521 heritage signages will be installed in Ekamra Kshetra to go in sync with the monuments and other ancient structures.
The monuments are currently dotted with normal signages which are often a mismatch to the unique architectural style and the essence of Kalingan architecture norms.
While the Heritage Cell of Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has done the research and ground work for the design and documentation of the project, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will erect the new signages. The Odisha Mining Corporation will finance the project that requires an investment of `2.75 crore. BMC sources said the tendering process for heritage signage project has been initiated and work would be completed within six months from the date of commencement of work.
The theme for each of the signage design has been evolved basing on the Kalingan style of temple architecture, incorporating specific elements of Shilpa Sashtra.
Officials said for narrow lanes of the City, core design considerations have been made accordingly and infused into the entire process of signage planning. The step is aimed at promoting a unified and attractive appearance for all heritage sites. The Heritage Cell of BDA has provided the guidelines for signage design for the proposed 521 sites in Ekamra Kshetra, keeping with its heritage value and providing a consistency in height, scale, material, colour and design.
Four types of signages - directional signage, location signage, interpretation signage and location map - will be installed. The interpretation signage will describe historical significance of the monument along with pictorial representation. These will be installed in all major temple structures, sacred tanks, old buildings, major ritual routes within Asta Ayatana (eight sacred precincts in Ekamra Kshetra) and along the route of Ekamra Walks. While the interpretation signboard will describe the history of the monument in Odia and English, in some places, these signages may also mention folklore and traditions associated with the sites.