Singur, the small village in Hooghly, is well known to the people for the episode over the “unauthorised” acquisition of land by the erstwhile Left Front government for Tata’s Nano project.
Soon the place will also be known for the first Eco Park that has been set up in a district where thousands of visitors will start pouring in. This is the second Eco Park in the state after New Town.
The Eco Park in Singur will be situated on an area of around 27,000 square feet at Baghdanga-Chnamore Gram Panchayat area. The Kathkunti canal that passes by the Eco Park has become another point of attraction. It may be mentioned that Singur that has become a landmark for movement against oppression of Left Front government on peasants has witnessed an overall development.
Various facilities including krishibazar and health centres have come up in the area after the change of guard in the state. Now with the setting up of an Eco Park of National Highway 2, the economy of the area would also get development.
The work to set up the park had started in January and people working under the MGNREGA scheme were deployed in setting it up. The park has come up at a cost of Rs 84 lakh.
Besides planting different types of plants including those of medicinal value, a separate area has been demarcated only for children under a certain age. It is one of the dream projects of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and it is expected to be inaugurated when she visits Singur for administrative review meeting of Hooghly district on September 29. Thus, the work for completion of setting up the park is taking place in war footing.
The local panchayat would look after the maintenance of the park that would take around an hour to reach from the city by road. People could also reach the place from either Nasibpur or Chandernagore railway stations.
Adaitya Das, a senior official of the Panchayat, said that there are also plans to set up cottages in the park as it has come up in the Eco Park at New Town. This is going to be the new place of attraction for people in the coming winter seasons.