WB Government Suspends All Rides At Eco Park


Kolkata: The state government has decided to suspend all rides at Eco Park, except Toy Train and plain bicycles for the entire summer. The decision came after a two-member inquiry committee submitted its report before the state.

According to a source the report mentioned no major human negligence behind the inflatable ‘Bouncy Castle’ ride accident last Sunday that left 12 kids injured.

Debasis Sen, the chairman of HIDCO, the government body in charge of the upkeep of the park, submitted the report alongwith a CCTV footage to the urban development department. The video was recorded just before the incident.

Firhad Hakim, the state urban development minister said they have decided to keep all rides at Eco Park suspended for the entire season of norwesters after going through the report in detail.

Minister Firhad Hakim visited the hospital and said the state government would bear the cost of the treatment of the injured children. When asked whether if he would accept money from the government, Shramina’s father Santosh Kumar Kousal said the child was covered by medical insurance. “I have paid the bills and send the papers to the insurer for reimbursement,” he said.

West Bengal government stopped all joy rides at Eco Park in East Kolkata’s Rajarhat on Monday after 13 kids were injured, including two who were critical last night in a Jumping Baloon ride as Norwester struck the city at 85km per hour.

The accident occurred at around 9 pm when gust of wind snapped the nylon ropes which tied the balloon to the ground. The children fell from the height of 10 feet and got injured.