Kolkata: West Bengal Tourism department and Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) have joined hands to decorate the city with lights before Durga Puja. All entry-exit points to the city would be decorated with light gates and important buildings and road crossings would be decorated with chain lights.
According to tourism department guidelines, the illumination would be done from October 18 to October 26 for 12 hours starting from 5.30 pm. It’s a unique initiative on the part of the Government and KMC. Illuminating the city is something new and exciting.
Decorative light gates would be put up temporarily at Second Hooghly Bridge and Howrah Bridge. Important road crossings that would be illuminated with decorative chain lights include Shyambazar, Dalhousie, Dorina, Park Street, Elliot Park, Rabindra Sadan, National Library, Belvedre, Hazra, Rashbehari Avenue, Gariahat flyover and the riverfront.
All important and landmark buildings of Kolkata too would be illuminated with chain lights during the festive days. These buildings would include government and heritage buildings that usually attract tourists round the year.
The State Transport department has also taken decision to run Govt buses all through the night during the Puja days. Conductors and drivers will work in two shifts- day and night, to ease the worries of the pandal hoppers.