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New feather in Kolkata's cap

January 20, 2014

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 Prinsep Ghat.

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.

While 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 remains untouched.

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Comments (4)
Koushik Sen Reply
January 20, 2014
My wife and son have enjoyed many trips on the riverfront ever since the new government has beautified the area. It used to be so poorly maintained before that it was not safe to go. Keep up the good work!!
Bidipta Reply
January 20, 2014
Great news!
Subrata Reply
January 20, 2014
The first two Millenium Parks are very popular. This is going to be one more favourite spot for Kolkatans.
Mrinmoy Reply
January 19, 2014
Lovely... Hope it will be properly maintained in the future. Even we have to co-operate in keeping the place clean.
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