Musical fountain, laser shows, joggers’ track. These
will be the star attractions at the Millennium Park part III that will be
inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on January 25.
The project blueprint includes the 10 km stretch
from Taktaghat in the south to Pramanik Ghat in the north. Among the 40-odd
ghats, mostly in the northern part of the city, work has been completed at
Brand new attractions
The latest addition to the riverfront
beautification project is distinctly different from the two other parks. Unlike
the other two, the latest one is like a desk slab built entirely in the midst
of River Hooghly. This enables a visitor to have a breathtaking view of the
river, the Howrah Bridge and railway station. Work on this 500 m stretch of
Millennium Park that connects Floatel to Armenian Ghat started in November 2011.
The new addition would guarantee an entirely
different feel for visitors. The lighting arrangements for the riverfront have
been chosen carefully, keeping in mind the heritage ambience as several
heritage buildings dot the area. Wooden floors will be another major attraction
of the extended Millennium Park.
The designing of this extended stretch of
Millennium Park, constructed at Rs 23 crore, was done by Rail India Technical
and Economic Service (RITES).
Preserving the heritage
This part of Millennium Park (near Armenian Ghat)
is connected to Floatel (floating restaurant) by three footover-bridges. The
KMDA along with KMC is gearing up to open the new Millennium Park for public.
It is now the responsibility of the civic officials to make sure that there is
enough space for car parking.
the ghats display a decaying architectural heritage, a rich sense of history
and vignettes of the old order, the daily routine of the traditional Hindu life