After the success of Eco Park in New Town, Kolkata, the state Housing and Infrastructure Development department is now planning to set up a Japanese garden, complete with popular elements like a wishing tree and a pagoda. Taking the first step to implement Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s idea of giving Durga Puja pandal sculptures a permanent place, HIDCO is planning to use one such statue of Buddha in the park.
During the Red Road programme on Friday, Mamata had instructed Debasis Sen, the chairman and managing director of HIDCO and officials of the information and cultural department to place sculptures and statues somewhere in the New Town-Rajarhat area.
While speaking to The Sunday Express, Sen said, “Suruchi Sangha this year had Bhutan as the theme. They had used a beautiful 8-foot sculpture of Buddha. We have already spoken to the puja committee about adding the statue to the Japanese garden. The objective is to let people sense different dimensions while being close to nature.”
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The garden will come up on 3.5 acres of land next to the central lake at Eco Park. While the department has sought suggestions from Indo-Japan experts, the project will ultimately be done Indian architects.
“The project will be completed by this December, and it will be a New Year’s gift to the people,” said Sen.
According to sources, the Japanese garden will be the first of its kind in the state. There will be flowers, fragrance, special trees and shrubs, monk sculptures, a pagoda, bamboo plantations and food that will give visitors the feeling of being in Japan. Japanese outlets will offer traditional snacks while there will be aromatic candles lit on special occasions. A walkaway with trees and sculptures will give an impression of a cave-walk.
“We are sure this will attract many tourists. There will be a small gift shop which will offer a wide range of items that symbolise various aspects of Japanese culture and tradition. Lanterns, aromatic candles and small sculptures will be available here,” sources said.