KMDA to renovate Charlie Chaplin Park
Kolkata: The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has taken up a project of beautification and development of Charlie Chaplin Park on Cornfield Road in Ballygunge. The park had been in shambles and had turned into a den of anti-social activities with encroachments here and there.
"It was a long standing demand of the local residents to restore the park. I had written to the state Urban Development department and had also urged the concerned minister Firhad Hakim for revamping the park. Work has already started and we hope to complete the first phase by January," said Sudarshana Mukherjee, the local councillor.
According to sources in KMDA, the work will be taken up in three phases. The first phase will have a Children's Park with a variety of joy rides and a fountain. The lighting arrangement will also be of the best standard.
In the second phase, the empty field beside the park will be developed into a walking place for the senior citizens. "There will be a shrine in the model of Upasanasthal in Shantiniketan and a place for yoga. The last and final phase will involve the rejuvenation of the pond that lies at the back side of the park and the ground," a senior KMDA official said.
The total project cost will be to the tune of Rs 4 crore. Interestingly, the shopkeepers who had set up makeshift shops in the ground will also be rehabilitated and provided shops at one side of the park in an earmarked area. The entire project is being supervised by Sudhin Nandy, who is KMDA's chief engineer.