Central Park Revamp For International Kolkata Book Fair

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Kolkata: The fairground at Salt Lake’s Central Park will undergo some modifications to host the Kokata International Book Fair from Januray 30 next year.

According to a TOI report Officials of the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation, state urban development department and the Publishers and Book sellers Guild inspected the fair ground recently to find out ways to create more space to accommodate as many stalls as possible and to have adequate car parking space.

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The Bidhannagar Mela, the largest annual winter fair that is organised in Central Park, was scheduled to continue till January 23. But it will be cut short by two days and end on Januray 21 to give ample time to Guild members to set up their stalls.

After inspection, it has been decided that the cement platforms that were earlier constructed inside the fair ground will be demolished to create more space. Spread over 1.8 lakh sq/ft, the Milan Mela ground has space for 745 stalls, including little magazines. The fair ground in Central Park will have around 1.2 lakh sq/ft space once the cement platforms are demolished. Work has already started to create additional space on the service road along the fair ground for smooth pedestrian traffic.

The civic authorities have come up with a proposal to utilise vacant plots surrounding the fair ground for car parking. “The present parking lot of the fair ground accommodates about 150 cars. If the vacant plots are properly utilised, they can accommodate over 1,000 cars during the fair,” a civic official said. There are parking spaces on the service road opposite the fair ground and parking lots inside some of the government buildings could also be utilised to accommodate cars, he added.

Also, there are plans to set up bio-toilets inside the fair ground. At present there is only one toilet. According to civic officials, the biggest advantage of the Central Park fair ground is its strategic location. It is located just adjacent to the bus terminus in Karunamoyee and is well connected with the rest of the city.

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