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City bosses to give Curzon Japanese makeover

Sandip Chowdhury, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, December 18, 2012
First Published: 12:49 IST(18/12/2012) | Last Updated: 12:53 IST(18/12/2012)

The city has unveiled a master plan to convert the 56,000-sq.mt cesspit that was once the iconic Curzon Park into a modern Zen paradise. The park, which is now home to rats and criminals after dark, is set to become the ultimate destination for dining and entertainment.

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The ambitious plan includes the creation of a Japanese garden and pond, a sculpture garden, a theme park depicting Bengal’s freedom struggle, a musical fountain, an open-air theatre and a food court.

Once it shapes up, it will become the city’s biggest single beautification project that chief minister Mamata Banerjee has undertaken after coming to power in May 2011.

The area from Raj Bhavan on the west to JN Road on the east, Esplanade East on the north to Rani Rashmoni Road on the south will get a facelift under this plan. The contours of the R5crore project, a joint venture between the transport department, PWD and Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), has been finalised and the government will soon write to the defence ministry for the project’s approval within the heritage zone of ‘Dalhousie Square’.

“PWD engineers gave spot approval to the project on December 14. We’re now writing to the defence ministry and the CTC for their permission,” a civic engineer said. Coordinate Techno-Consultants, a Kolkata-based company, prepared the detailed project report.

A sculpture garden, a seating area, musical fountains, paved pathways and a replica of a tram will be constructed adjacent to Rani Rashmoni Road.

A food court with two food corners has also been planned to rehabilitate fruit-sellers and fast-food stalls that now encroach on pavements and even spill over onto the roads.

Lalan Mancha, inside the Bhasa Udyan, will get a new look, with seating arrangements encircling a huge tree at the spot. There will also be an open-air theatre.


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