The Japanese garden at Eco Park in New Town, the first of its kind in Eastern India will be one of the 500 Japanese gardens outside Japan, Professor Suzuki said on Tuesday.
He made a presentation before senior government officials. He along with the Consul General of Japan in Kolkata visited the garden and the landscape experts from Japan who accompanied them, appreciated the concept and made some observations which will be incorporated. The Japanese garden is likely to be inaugurated in early January, 2017.
The garden is being given final touches. A pagoda is coming up. The statues of Lord Buddha brought from Suruchi Sangha and Chelta Agrani have been displayed. There will be a Japanese restaurant and a wishing pond. Beautiful lights have been put up to give the area a unique ambience.
The Japanese garden is likely to become a star attraction among the tourists from the country and abroad. Trees have been put up to give the area a lush green look.
The construction of the garden began a year ago and WBHIDCO engineers have ensured that it was an original one.
In addition to the Japanese garden, the replica of the Seven Wonders of the World will be opened in 2017. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told senior government officials that Bengalis loved to travel and many of them could not visit foreign countries for various reasons.
The replica of the Seven Wonders of the World will give them the idea about the original structures. Just as Belgium has a mini Europe made out of the miniatures, the Seven Wonders will have a miniature replica of the original monuments.
It may be mentioned that because of its unique feature, Eco Park has come up as a major tourist destination in the state. Over 99,000 people visited the park on December 25 and the number is likely to go up on January 1, 2017.