Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) has taken a number of programmes to build intense contact with people staying in the area and its neighbourhood.
A long march for theatre was held on March 13 at Rabindra Tirtha. New Town is becoming a cultural hub of Kolkata. Earlier, the main centre for professional stage was College Street and its neighbourhood where theatre halls like Biswarupa, Star and Rangmahal are situated. Biswarupa was pulled down to make room for a highrise apartment. The professional theatre does not exist any more. Group theatre shows are held in Academy of Fine arts and other halls situated in Nandan – Rabindra Sadan complex. To attract theatre lovers of New Town and its surroundings, HIDCO had entered into a one year contract where budding theatre directors are presenting their shows at Rabindra Tirtha every Sunday. On March 19, a large screen TV will be installed at Café Ekante where people can enjoy the T20 cricket match between India and Pakisthan that will be played at the Eden Gardens. On March 20 a programme based on Holi will be held at the Ampitheatre of Eco Park. Basata Utsava, a programme on Holi will be held at Rabindra Tirtha on March 23. For three days starting from March 30, school children will participate in Eco Urban village and will play forgotten rural sports like Kumir danga, marble called guli in common parlance and others. HIDCO’s main philosophy is to develop intense relation among the residents of New Town and these can be achieved through social functions. It may be mentioned that New Town is likely to be declared as a smart city and HIDCO authorities will submit its plan to the Centre by April 15.