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Eco Park visitors will soon get Goan cruise flavour

Kolkata: Now, visitors at the Eco Park in New Town will have a taste of Goan cruise with the West Bengal Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) introducing double decker river cruise from Tuesday.
"We are having an added attraction at Eco Park in the form of a double decker cruise similar to that of Santa Monica cruise in Goa. We have also named it Santa Monica. Apart from having rides, visitors can gorge upon a variety of food on board the cruise," HIDCO managing director Debashis Sen said.
HIDCO will soon open up the cruise for birthday parties or functions of similar nature. The rates have been fixed at Rs 100 per hour for an half an hour ride with a capacity of around 25 persons.
The Santa Monica cruise is one of the popular attractions in Goa that takes you on a leisurely cruise along the Mandovi River. While the boat sails down the river, local boys and girls perform folk dances and sing mandos. Their performance is followed by a live band. The Santa Monica then takes you past the Panjim riverfront to Miramar to witness a spectacular sunset.
After the service takes off smoothly, HIDCO will gradually introduce some added attractions on board for the enjoyment of the passengers embarking on the cruise ride.
The rates for holding parties have not been finalised yet but it may hover around Rs 5000. "We have formed a committee which will monitor and work for maintenance of the cruise. A meeting will be held on Tuesday where the rates might be fixed," a senior HIDCO official said.

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