Bhubaneswar: Fulfilling aspirations of every citizen of our urban society and to help them enjoy the city-level celebrations and to propagate the idea of inclusiveness in every nook and corner of the urban milieu, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) today brought 230 people from seven Shelter for Urban Homeless (SUHs) across the city to .FEST venue to listen to the soul-stirring music of Bollywood singer Shaan and enjoy the delicious food at the International Food Festival (IFF) enclosure of .FEST (Bhubaneswar City Festival).
The SUH inhabitants were overjoyed with the treatment they were given and hailed the BMC effort as they are aware that as the side event to the ongoing Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup-2018, the city is celebrating the .FEST. The wonderful event has provided a nice platform for sumptuous entertainment coupled with choices of local, regional, national and international delicacies.
Kalucharan Mohanty (76), who came to the venue and enjoyed the musical evening and the food at the IFF venue, said “the concern by BMC shows that the civic body is always thinking about the inmates of the SUH and they are remembered when any major celebration happens across the city.’’
Bishnupriya Ghadei (35), though mentally challenged, came with her friends and enjoyed the fun-filled musical celebration and also had the best food at the IFF. “I am really happy that we are remembered by the city administration when the authorities are organising such a grand event,’’ was her opinion.
BMC Deputy Commissioner Srimanta Mishra said “the SUH inhabitants are always at the centre of our attention and we are happy that they came to the .FEST venue and liked the programme and food.’’
It can be mentioned here that on the Day 5 more than 10 inhabitants of SUH Ganganagar came to attend the .FEST venue and were happy to be part of the city’s cultural and entertainment show. On that day many of the senior citizens were also provided wheelchairs.