Even last year, there was a clamour from Puja organisers that they didn't wan't to Kolkata's ghat for immersion of Durga pratimas to avoid jams, congestion and pollution. They mentioned that they didn't want to create further traffic issues by going to ghats along Hugly. They wanted that a water body in New Town may be developed for immersion purposes. We promised.
Today I went with NKDA CEO Gopal Ghosh and Chief Engineer P.K.Sen Gupta to see how this was progressing. I found that it is almost complete, with pink Dholpur Stone lined ghats, wide stairs, a wide terrace on the bank for the inevitable last minute dhaker dance and even a viewer's gallery.
The new ghat will be inaugurated by Minister Firhad Hakim on 8th October.
Here is a picture:
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Here is a clipping from today's Times of India: