Quite some time ago, we'd initiated a process of setting up a ropeway in Digha's Amaravati Park. Expression of Interest was invited and a bidder was selected. There were some issues raised by the selected bidder and it took time to resolve these. Finally, the matters have been resolved and Soumen Pal, EO DSDA tells me that the foundation stone would be laid soon next week. Although the ideal ropeway should be along the coastline connecting Old and New Digha, CRZ norms and land issues need to be negotiated till this can happen. Meanwhile, a 200m or so ropeway in the Amaravati Park, across the lake with a mini-stop in the island should be a tourist attraction.
Survey work has also been done for setting up a set of eco-friendly cottages in New Digha, overlooking the sea. As soon as land and other clearances are received, work should start.
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I visited the Children's Park in Eco Park yesterday to see if this could be inaugurated next week. The highlight of this "Prakriti-Shishu Tirtha" is a set of tree houses connected with rope laddders. I'd seen a rope bridge in Lolegaon in Kalimpong and now I'm waiting to see it here. Executive Engineer Somen told me that this too could be inaugurated next week. I will make another inspection on Tuesday.
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Here is a clipping from yesterday's Times of India: