The state government expects several thousand visitors to the event where a Christmas Mela has also been organised.
There are more than 16 decorative gates created by West Bengal technicians known for their unique lighting ideas. Every type of lamps from LED to halogen to sodium vapours have been used and there are already proposals to make the special lighting a permanent attraction for Park Street.
A meeting to provide uninterrupted power to the site was held on Thursday between senior officials of CESC, KMC’s lighting department and state Tourism department.
According to Surojit Banerjee, District Engineer of CESC – Mains, Calcutta Central District: “We are providing every possible support to the organisers, including provision for stand-by generators. The biggest evening crowd is expected on December 31. Up till now, the lighting festival is scheduled to continue till January 22.”
“We are glad that there is appreciation of the new ‘Diwali’ lighting in December. CESC will do everything possible to make Park Street the most-beautifully lighted road in India,” says Avijit Ghosh, Vice President – Distribution.
The mela was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in presence of the Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee.
The lights and the decoration on Park Street attract people from far off districts. It was a star attraction during the British period.