Kolkata: The Japanese Garden at Eco Park in Kolkata will be opened soon. An expert from Japan will visit the park in the third week of December to oversee the final touches that are being given.
The Japanese Garden will be the only one of its kind garden in the state. 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.
The statues of Buddha brought from Suruchi Sanga and Chetla Agrani will be displayed to decorate the garden which will come up on 3.5 acre of land. It may be recalled that the Chief Minister had ordered the chairman of Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) chairman Debashis Sen to select a place and display the pieces of art permanently during the great immersion carnival held in October on Red Road.
Work is going on to give the Japanese garden the final shape. There will be statues of laughing Buddha to welcome the visitors. There will be a three layer pagoda along with a monastery, drawing inspiration from the Ryonji monastery.
There will also be a meditation room. To entertain the visitors, there will be a restaurant where Japanese food would be served. It will be run by Caf Ekante, a star attraction of Eco Park which has been lauded by the foodies of the city because of its high quality. Talks are on with a chef who is an expert in Japanese food. There will lanterns and lights to give the area the look of mini Japan.