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Thursday, July 21, 2005

kolkata dreams

There has been a number of news on various attractive features of Kolkata and West Bengal, some are already in existence, others are on the anvil and will be thrown open to the public shortly. The latest one is about a Rs 380-crore food processing project with French collaboration to soon come up at Jangipur, about 250 km from Calcutta.

The bridge to link the Eliot Park of the Maidan with the Citizen’s park is another venture. It envisages an escalator for ease of movement. The Eliot Park is built jointly by the Tata Group and the Calcutta police, was inaugurated on 22/11/2004 and charges a nominal entry fee of Rs 3.00. The total area covered is around 25 acres and it has a jogging track, artificial waterfalls, and fountain. Exotic varieties of cactus and other flowers add charm to it. The Citizen’s park was inaugurated on the5/5/2005. At present, entry to this park is free. In the evenings there is a tremendous rush for the Light and Sound programs, with dancing fountains whose water rises up to a height of nearly fifty feet. Here also, there is a large amount of greenery, laying a grass strip of Mexican grass is soon planned. The proposal is to have a combined entry fee structure for availing the facilities of both the parks, hence a bridge.

Yet one more park that is coming up fast is the Peace Park – it is adjacent to the Victoria Memorial. This is being constructed jointly by the Hoogly River Bridge Commissioners and Larsen & Toubro. This occupies an area of more than three acres and will have a large fountain of diameter twenty meters.
Next attraction for Kolkata is the solar powered housing scheme that will come up in New Town, the latest township in Rajarhat. The first phase of 24 such houses in the Integrated Solar Housing Complex will start shortly in the Action Area –I. The houses will have area of 1600 square feet each and are expected to be ready for possession by December 2006. Each house will be provided with rooftop solar panels that can generate up to two kilowatts of electricity. Air conditioned bus service is also being started from New Town, Rajarhat, to Dharmatolla, the heart of Kolkata. This will presently be operated by the State Road Transport Corporation on an experimental venture and ticket rates are tentatively fixed at Rs 12.00. At a later date, the service may be handed over to the private sector.

Side by side, there were some dark clouds in an otherwise bright sky – the airport was the scene. The radar became unserviceable forcing a whole number of aircraft to circle overhead waiting to land guided by the Air Traffic Controllers. Another time, passengers booked for Delhi had to wait the whole day for their aircraft. They were traveling on the ‘one rupee’ and ‘five hundred rupee’ tickets. Such tickets do not carry with them facilities like refreshments or lunch/dinner in case flights get delayed. As an official remarked tongue in cheek – ‘such conditions have to be accepted in the cheap fares scenario’.


  • At 10:57 PM, Blogger dimpy roy said…

    Nice post. Remembered as the Communist hub of India, this exquisite city will charm you with its Old World culture and heritage. Dubbed as the 'City of Joy', the celebratory air in Kolkata (Calcutta) never diminishes with its excitingly colourful festivals, particuarly Durga Puja. Explore Eilot park also.


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