State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim will inaugurate the first state-run business club at New Town on Tuesday. The club, which has come up in Action Area I, has been constructed by the New Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA). The club will provide, at affordable prices, all those facilities that are available in other private business clubs in the city.
The membership fee is Rs 30,000 for three years, which is reasonable in comparison to the fee charged by the various private clubs in Kolkata. Members can bring their spouses and children to enjoy the various amenities.
There are two swimming pools, lawn tennis and badminton courts, tables for snooker and table tennis. A separate arena for playing darts is also available. A top-class gymnasium and a meditation room also add to the value of the club.
The USP of the club is its impeccable hygiene and cleanliness. It may be noted that cleanliness was one of the most important factors for creating Prakriti Tirtha or Eco Park, the most popular weekend destination in the city and its adjoining areas. The park has recorded a footfall of over 50 lakh in the past three years.
The swimming pool, which has already been opened, has become very popular and people from Chinar Park and adjoining areas, including Madhyamgram, frequent the pool. A member willing to avail the swimming pool facility will have to pay Rs 2000 for six months.
The club will also have an outlet of Café Ekante. Café Ekante, a restaurant that was christened by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, is situated at Prakriti Tirtha and has become popular for its quality food and ambience.
The response to the newly-opened club has been positive and it is expected to attract several members. Welcoming the NKDA’s move to set up the business club, Ajay Chowdhury, a resident of New Town said it would fulfil the wishes of many residents.