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Dhapa Amusement Park

What is an eyesore today, will be a tourist draw tomorrow. Come 2008, an amusement park will open doors at Dhapa.

It will boast of a lake, musical fountains, a landscaped garden, decorative illumination, a bar-restaurant and a children’s corner.

The Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) has chalked out the ambitious plan following the chief minister’s advice. Funds will come under the Calcutta Environment Improvement Project (CEIP).

“The days of going past Dhapa with a handkerchief over your nose will soon be over,” promised civic commissioner Alapan Bandyopadhyay.

Under pressure from environmentalists, the government has decided to shift the dumping ground at Dhapa. A 114-hectare plot near the existing site has been identified for the new dump. The greenfield solid waste disposal ground will be readied at an estimated cost of Rs 37 crore, to be provided by the Asian Development Bank.

“Several star hotels, fairgrounds, exhibition centres, housing estates, malls, a wetland interpretation centre and other projects are coming up around Dhapa. The area will change in a few years. Hence, the dumping ground needs to be shifted,” explained Bandyopadhyay.

The CMC will engage a private company to implement the project. “We will soon invite expressions of interest. The company entrusted with the responsibility of setting up the new dump will build the amusement park. But apart from the park, no major construction will be allowed,’’ added Bandyopadhyay.

The company will have to prepare the blueprint according to the CEIP and the CMC guidelines, and fund the project. It will be allowed to keep the revenue from the park. The work is expected to start early next year.

Source: The Telegraph

Comments

  1. Yang says:

    Hi Leon and Thien,

    Sometime ago, I read from the Kolkata Telegraph newspaper that a “little kingdom” was being proposed to be built by a third generation Indian Chinese somewhere in Kolkata ( EM Bypass ???). The picturesque settings and the mini-size or miniatures of the real world-renown structures would be built similar to the Little Kingdom of Shenzhen, China as a tourist attraction spot in Kolkata.

    As a matter of fact, this Chinese named Lee ( if my memory serves me right ) had gone over to Shenzhen, China many times with the West Bengal State Authorities responsible for leisure and entertainment to learn and share their best methods, knowledge and to seek their help and support.

    The project was supposed to be completed in a few years with fundings from this Chinese gentleman and support from Kolkata State Authorites.

    I do not know if this project was stalled or whatever. It would be interesting to check it out further. Thanks.

    1. leon says:

      yeah .. i heard about this also.. it’s in silver spring but i dunno will try to find out and let you know 😉

  2. Lai says:

    A good article worth posting in this blog to be shared by all:

    Courtesy of Silicon India

    http://www.siliconindia.com/shownews/48717

  3. Lai says:

    I’ve found the news article that Yang was looking for (above) on a theme park proposed in Kolkata.

    It is titled:
    Marvels of Nature off Bypass
    – 200-acre theme park inspired by Chinese landmark

    Courtesy of the Telegraph – Calcutta

    and the links below:-

    http://www.telegraphindia.com/1060627/asp/calcutta/story_6387415.asp

    Let’s hope that it becomes a reality soon…..

  4. Yang says:

    Hi Leon,
    Do you happen to know Robert Lee – whose name appeared in above article on the proposed theme park ? Would be good to know status of this project.
    Please update. Thanks.