Eco Park breaking records of popularity
Kolkata: Believe it or not, Eco Park has recorded a footfall of 90 lakh since its inauguration in January 2013.
The record kept with Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) says that till Thursday, 90,13,229 people have visited the urban park which is the biggest of its kind in the country.
After coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked the officials of HIDCO to develop the area into a park. Eco Park stands on 480 acres of land which is surrounded by 112 acres of water body. She had named Eco Park as Prakriti Tirtha.
Cleanliness is the USP of Eco Park. The park is cleaned twice every day. It is expected that there will be a huge crowd during Christmas and New Year's Day when the garden will be cleaned in the afternoon.
The miniature replicas of 'seven wonders of the world' have been installed at the park and it has been a grand success. On December 17, around 12,000 people visited the seven wonders. Special arrangements have been made so that the visitors can see the wonders without hassle during the forthcoming festive days.
There is a Japanese garden which include a Pagoda, a place of meditation, a wish tank and a restaurant where Japanese food is served. Japanese experts and architects had come and expressed their satisfaction during the construction of the garden. There is a replica of the heritage toy train of Darjeeling. The Ghoom railway station of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway has been recreated.
There is an arena where the visitors can ride bicycles and tandems. Café Ekante, again named by Mamata Banerjee, has become immensely popular among the foodies. There is even a houseboat restaurant.
Eco Park has become popular among both the domestic and international tourists and hundreds of them visit it every year. There is a museum where some of the best Durga idols and their decorations have been kept.
Special arrangements have been so that visitors can see the park peacefully during the forthcoming festive season. CCTVs will be installed and toilet banks will be set up. There will be additional ticket counters. The success of Eco Park is another dream project of Mamata Banerjee that has come true.