State Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister Firhad Hakim on Friday released a book on development projects taken up by the state government in the past four-and-a-half years.
The book has been produced by the Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco). Hakim also launched the official website of Nazrul Tirtha.
An interesting part of the book is it has the names of various important sites in New Town given by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
It may be mentioned that after coming to power in 2011, the Chief Minister thoroughly revamped Hidco.
During the erstwhile Left Front regime, no concrete step was taken to beautify the area.
Earlier, Hidco’s sole interest was to sell land. It may be recalled that it even did not make any plan to supply filtered water to the residents.
Banerjee also instructed Hidco officials to set up a cultural centre which she later names as Rabindra Tirtha. Another cultural centre was named by her as Nazrul Tirtha.
Road that connects New Town with Eastern Metropolitan bypss has been named as Biswa Banga Sarani. The Eco Park, which has attracted over 43 lakh people since its inceoption two-and-a- half years ago, has been named as Prakiti Tirtha by her.
She also named the restaurant at Eco Park as Café Ekante. The glass house situated on the island at Eco Park has been named as Utsari and the island has been named as Sabuj Sathi.
The water body where idols are immersed has been named as Upasana Sthal. The traffic island where the model of five lamps has been set up is known as Mangaldeep and the newly built deer park is called Harinalaya.
The banquet hall, where social functions like marriage parties will be held, has been named as Mistica.
It may be mentioned that development of New Town is a pet project of Banerjee and she has been instrumental in giving the area a proper shape.
On the other hand, a multi-crore project of the Ramakrishna Mission, which is coming up at New Town, has been named by Mamata Banerjee as Vivek Tirtha.
It will be a 10-storey building whose front side will resemble the Art Institute at Chicago where Swami Vivekananda had addressed the World Parliament of Religions on September 11, 1893.
She had laid the foundation stone of the project which is likely to be completed by 2019.
The centre will have various courses including value education for people coming from all walks of life.