Hakim inspected the centre where construction is being carried out in full swing. He was accompanied by Debashis Sen, chairman of West Bengal Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBHIDCO), Dulal Mukherjee, well known architect and senior engineers of L&T, the constructing company.
While, addressing the workers Hakim said: “You are the real force behind this monumental work and you will leave a footprint in every nook and corner of this giant construction.” He inspected the site and expressed his satisfaction over the pace at which work is being carried out.
It may be mentioned that the initiative was taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who gave her idea to the senior HIDCO officials. It has become the topmost priority of the state government to showcase the uniqueness of Bengal’s rich cultural life and heritage to the world.
The multi-crore project has been taken up by HIDCO and a national tender would be floated soon to select firms to operate and maintain Biswa Bangla Convention Centre. Several key players in hotel industry have shown keen interest in the project.
The centre is a combination of Vigyan Bhavan and India Habitat Centre in New Delhi.HIDCO through tender has selected a firm that is playing the role of a transition adviser.They are recording feedbacks given by the firms on the project.
The centre is coming up on a 10 acre plot. There will be a 3000 seater auditorium which is the biggest of its kind in the state.There will be seminar halls along with 100 guest rooms. It will also have a library, swimming pool and a gymnasium.
New Town has already emerged as a cultural hub. Cultural programmes are being held in Rabindra Tirtha and Nazrul Tirtha. In Rabindra Tirtha, budding directors present their plays every Sunday.
New Town will become a green city with parks for children, elderly people and even for pets. Prakriti Tirtha or Eco Park is now the most popular tourist spot in and around Kolkata city.