City of Joy decks up to welcome 2018
Kolkata: Instead of waiting for midnight, the New Year celebration in the City of Joy has started from Sunday morning itself, with thousands of people visiting the places of interest with their family members and friends.
Since evening, hundreds of people have started pouring into Park Street, which has been decorated beautifully with special lighting arrangements by the state government.
Other places including Eco Park, Victoria Memorial Hall, Alipore Zoo and Nicco Park all saw huge footfall since morning and after spending the entire day in these places, a large section of the people chose to turn up at Park Street to celebrate New Year at midnight.
Eco Park was the favourite place of attraction among people of all ages and people taking selfies in front of the replicas of the seven wonders was a common sight. The Japanese Garden was another attractive spot in Eco Park where people gathered in large numbers to enjoy its beauty, besides going for different water rides.
People from other parts of the state visited the places on Sunday. Many from different parts of the country and abroad were present in the city to experience the New Year here.
It may be mentioned that the state government has taken several steps to attract tourists from other parts of the country and abroad. The city has been beautified and all the tourist spots have been given a major facelift.
The way the city has been decorated is being appreciated by the visitors from outside. Sushant Vajpai, a resident of Mumbai, who came to a relative's house in Kolkata to celebrate the New Year, said: "I am really feeling that I am in the City of Joy. I visited the city twice earlier, but it was never so well-decorated. I must appreciate the steps taken up by the state government in giving the city a completely new look."
The police have taken stringent measures to avoid any untoward incident on New Year's eve.
Additional policemen have been deployed and close watch is being kept to take immediate action if someone is found making any attempt to foment trouble.
The tourist spots in the districts were also packed with people. People have started visiting places like Mukutmanipur, Shantiniketan, Susunia Pahar and Bishnupur since Saturday.
Dooars in North Bengal and Digha were the most favourite tourist spots for short weekend trips. Thousands of people went to these places and they celebrated the New Year there.