West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBHIDCO) has started beautification of Bagjola canal.
A stretch on the canal covering 500m will be developed. The project will take one year to complete.
It may be recalled that the Chief Minister on her way to Murshidabad to attend the administrative review meeting held a few months ago, had urged the chairman of WBHIDCO Debashis Sen to prepare a scheme to develop the areas surrounding the canal and to explore the possibility of setting floating vegetable markets. Accordingly, a meeting was held between senior officials of HIDCO and state Irrigation and Waterways department. Experts from IIT Kharagpur were also consulted and a plan was prepared.
The canal which has been neglected for decades is going to get a new lease of life and is likely to become a tourist spot in the near future.
The work to upgrade the banks and lay pathways has begun and umbrellas and benches where people can sit and enjoy the surroundings have been installed. Several sunshades have also been installed. The state Irrigation and Waterways department is constructing a floating jetty where vegetable vendors can set up a floating market.
The spot is situated close to the Convention Centre that is coming up and is likely to be inaugurated in March. People staying at the centre will be able to visit Eco Park, Mother’s Wax Museum and can take a stroll along Bagjola Canal. Planning and supervision by HIDCO and New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) have made New Town a great tourist attraction in the past five years with people from different districts coming to the area on Saturdays and Sundays to visit the important sites.