According to information, renovation and conservation works have started under the direct guidance of stone sculptor Padma Bibhushan Sudarshan Sahoo.
The statue of horse and warriors in the middle and six warrior statues will be repaired and varnished, said an official.
It may be noted that the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation had earlier decided to shift the Horse and Warrior replica to near Raj Bhawan as part of the Smart City development work. However, the decision was stiffly opposed by Congress and BJP leaders and intellectuals. The statues, carved by Padma Bibhushan Raghunath Mohapatra, bear the history of the rich art of warfare of Odisha.
Buckling under pressure from different quarters, the State Government later withdrew the decision.