Kolkata: Bengal Chief Minister on Tuesday inaugurated yet another attraction at Newtown’s Eco Park a Japanese Forest. Eco Park renamed as Prakriti Tirtha by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is the most sought after tourist destination of Kolkata in New Town. The footfall of visitors has been more than 53 lakh since its inception, four years ago.
Statues of laughing Buddha will welcome the visitors. There is a three layer pagoda along with a monastery, drawing inspiration from the Ryonji monastery. There is also be a meditation room. The forest will also house lanterns and lights to give the area the look of mini Japan.
The Eco Park which stands on 480 acre of land with a 104 acre of water body surrounding it was inaugurated by Mamata Banerjee on December 29, 2012. It is divided into three broad areas- ecological zone comprising wetlands, grassland and urban forest, theme garden and open space and urban recreation spaces.