Eco Park witnesses 35 thousand visitors on Eid
The park has come up as a major tourist destination and over 50 lakh people have visited it since its inception three years ago.
The Eco Park which has been renamed as Prakriti Tirtha by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is set up on 480 acre of land and is surrounded by a water body covering 102 acres. The USP of the park is cleanliness and there is a provision to slap a fine on the visitors found to be littering in the open or throwing plastic cups outside the waste bins.
The park is divided into three major zones. They are ecological zones like wetland, green land and urban forest, theme garden and open space and urban recreational space.
A Japanese garden to commemorate Ranbindranath Tagore’s first visit to Japan is coming up soon. There is a pagoda and decorative Japanese lanterns. A restaurant selling Japanese food will also be set up. A replica of the famous toy train of Darjeeling Himalayan railway is a crowd puller.
There is a replica of Ghoom station. Two restaurants, Café Ekante and the other one on a houseboat have earned popularity. The boating facility offered at the park is a crowd puller.
The children’s corner and the space reserved for urban recreation are one of the major attractions of the park. In winter, visitors are found to be spending the whole day at the park on holidays and weekends.