Bengal gets its first pet park in New Town
Kolkata: Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation ( HIDCO) has set up state's first pet park in New Town.
A longish stretch around 400m adjoining Rosedale Housing Complex has been converted into a pet park with lash green grass and tall net fencing. The park will be maintained by the local residents.
Some pet owners approached HIDCO to set up a pet park at the site.
They approached the senior officials of HIDCO who in turn accepted their project. "It is a citizen driven project and the park will be maintained by the residents," said Debashis Sen, chairman of HIDCO.
As pets are now allowed in parks in Kolkata and New Town, pet owners find it extremely difficult to get an area where they can take their pets out. They cannot be taken out on the streets because of heavy traffic. Pets need exercise and taking them for walk keeps them healthy.
Swapan Bhattacharya, a pet trainer, welcomed the move and said in every metropolitan city there are parks where pets are allowed.
"Every year dog shows are being held in and around Kolkata and the numbers of large breed dogs such as Great Dane, GSD, Lbrador, Afgan Hound, French and English Mastiff and St. Bernard are going up. It is necessary to take these animals out for walks everyday."
New Town Kolkata Development Authority ( NKDA) has already opened a clinic, crèche and burial ground for pets at Action Area 3.
Due to shortage of burial ground the pet owners find it difficult to bury their beloved pets. There is a burial ground at the Veterinary Hospital in Belgachia. The opening of a proper crèche has been welcomed by pet lovers.