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Inception

On 19th July, 2011, Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal Smt. Mamata Banerjee gets down to the water body by the side of the New Town M.A.R. on her way from the Airport.

With her Vision of sustainable development, the 480 acres of land containing and surrounding the water body was declared to be converted into an ecological garden – the first of its kind in the Eastern region of India.

Subsequently, WB-HIDCO initiated the process of developing this new dream called the ‘Eco Tourism Park – Prakriti Tirtha’.

This Eco Tourism Park has been inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister, west Bengal Smt Mamata Banerjee on 29th December, 2012. From 1st January, 2013, the Eco Tourism Park has been opened for the visitors. The Park remains closed on all Mondays for maintenance.

On 27th December 2013, Mamata Banerjee, Hon'ble Chief Minister of West Bengal inaugurated a conglomeration of new projects in Eco Park, New Town which are as follows Biswa Bangla Haat, Children's Eco Park, Floating Musical Fountain, Butterfly Garden, Play Area, Bamboo Garden, Fruits Garden, Food Court, Adda Zone, Grass Land, Tea Garden, Mask Garden, Formal Garden & Eco Island. She also laid the foundation stone of a Wax Museum & launched the 1st issue of New Town Journal.
Why to have an Eco-Park at New Town?

The vision for the new Eco-Park at New Town embraces a holistic, systems approach to sustainability that seeks tocreate a balance between ecological regeneration, resource conservation, and optimization with the need to create a recreational urban open space.

This approach offers an additional benefit as compared to traditional models for developing parks and urban open spaces – the added benefit: the chance to create a “living classroom” about nature’s service. Here, as the wet lands are filtering water and the plants are filtering air, people can come to relax or rejuvenate, socialize or seek solitude,and learn first-hand how region’s flora and fauna are benefitting their city.

New Town’s Eco-Park of 480 acres presents an opportunity to create an urban community that values nature as anessential part of quality of life. The inspiration and enjoyment one gets from being close to nature cannot be denied-- the benefits to physical and mental health are well known. However, even more important in an urban setting,ecosystems provide cities with services that are critical for good urban functioning.
Project Overview

New Town, also known as Rajarhat is a rapidly developing planned city on the eastern edge of Kolkata. The master plan for New Town provides for large number of open spaces and parks across the city ranging from small neighbourhood parks to large city and regional level green spaces.

The proposed Eco-Park in Action Area II of New Town will be one of the largest open spaces in the city. The site is spread across an area of 194 hectares (480 acres)and includes a 42-hectare (200 Acres) water body withan island. The upcoming Central Business District (CBD) is located to the east of the site and one of the largest convention centres in the country isbeing built to its north.

The master plan for the Eco-Park has been prepared with the intent to balance its role as a city level recreational open space, with the need forthe park to help mitigate some of the adverse impacts of urbanisation of the surrounding area. The Eco-Park will also be developed to re-establish a healthy self-sustaining eco-system.

The master plan for the Eco-Park was commissioned by West Bengal Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBHIDCO) has been prepared by Bengal Urban Infrastructure Development Limited (BUIDL) and Pradeep Sachdeva Design Associates (PSDA), an architecture and urban design studio.