Kolkata Tourism Update – Kestopur Canal gets a facelift

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Kestopur Canal gets a facelift

Children’s parks, a paved walkway, gazebos, mini hillocks, fountains and a palm tree nursery – these would soon completely replace a 3.5 km sliver of land on the western bank of Kestopur Canal, between Ultadanga and Kestopur, that was a garbage-littered stretch till recently. The work has been going on for the last two months, and would be over soon.

The Rs 30-crore project of the Bengal Government began by fresh soil being dumped on the garbage-filled land. Then, gradually, grass was planted all over the area – a carpet of soft Mexican grass. Vegetation planted includes several varieties of palm trees, ornamental plants and flowering plants.

The entire area is being divided up into two children’s parks with swings and multiple gazebos. Installation art, similar to those at Eco Park, will adorn the stretch at regular intervals. These would be illuminated with multi-coloured lights in the evenings.

A 1.8 m-wide paved walkway will skirt the entire stretch of the parks. It would act as a walking and jogging as well as a cycling track.

Two illuminated fountains are being planned – one with a pool with a rock fountain as its base, and the other, a football-shaped one. Grass-topped hillocks are being built to break the monotony of the landscape.

Not just the fountains, but the entire bank of the Kestopur Canal that is part of the park would be illuminated with different types of lights.

Ever since coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been taking up urban beautification projects with gusto across Bengal, to increase the green cover and thus improve the environment. Development and governance have been two of the cornerstones of the Chief Minister’s planning towards bringing back the lost glory of Bengal. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has also placed a lot of budgetary emphasis on the creation of parks and maintenance of the existing ones.

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