The Bhubaneswar Development Authority has introduced two acupressure walkways, a first-of-its-kind facility in the smart city, at Biju Patnaik Park, also known as Forest Park.
The development authority’s chief horticulturist Ashokananda Dhar said the walkways were designed with soft, smooth, river rocks or cobblestone. “The walkways provide the experience of a unique massage to the feet as they stimulate acupressure points on the soles,” said Dhar, adding that people would benefit immensely from the walkways.
A health expert said an acupressure point has two identities and ways of working. “The users should walk barefoot on these paths to get more benefit. Walking on such paths result in significant reduction in blood pressure and improvement in balance and physical performance, mainly among adults,” said Sobhan Rath, a doctor.
Sources said work on the walkways, located at the centre of the park, started last November. The walkways are around 27m long and were opened on a pilot basis in February. The authorities have spent Rs 6.7 lakh on construction.
The Biju Patnaik Park, also known as Forest Park, was chosen for the project since it is the biggest in Bhubaneswar and witnesses heavy footfall. The park has every other basic facility, ranging from children’s play area, open-air gymnasium, ornamental garden, benches, jogging paths and others, at present.