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New EM Bypass – Basanti Highway Connector, Kalikapur-Anandapur-Chowbaga Road

Kolkata Municipal Corporation has added a new 3.8 kilometre road connecting the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass and the Prince Anwar Shah Road Connector to the Basanti Highway (SH-3). The road originates from Kalikapur Bus

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New Town introduces Electric buses

New Town is now a certified Gold-rated Green City, as adjudged by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), an institution of CII. It has also evolved as a Solar City and is taking various steps to reduce carbon emission

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Misti Hub – Sweet Stopover

Newtown throws in another new offering to draw the attention of the people of Kolkata with the opening of Misti Hub. Eco Park, which has been a major success since its opening now has a dedicated consortium of all things

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Gateways of Kolkata

Gone are the days of dingy gates and crummy entrances. The recent developmental drive at Kolkata has seen some splendid gates being built all around the city. From the Kolkata Gate at Newtown to the SSKM entrance at

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Puja Getaways

Durga Pujas in erstwhile Zemindari families in rural Bengal have a charm of their own. Steeped in tradition, these pujas are held with the same reverence by the families as they were done centuries ago although the sun m

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Eco Urban Village

Rustic Heart of Newtown The term 'urban village' does sound paradoxical yet the new Eco Urban Village at Newtown Rajarhat, the latest initiative from HIDCO, is exactly that – an idyllic village in the middle of a conc

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Kolkata’s Yellow Taxi Fading into Oblivion

In the eighties when Kolkata was still Calcutta, long rows of yellow ambassador cabs in front of Hotel Oberoi Grand at Esplanade was considered to be an iconic photograph of the City of Joy. Victoria Memorial, Shahid Min

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KMDA Gifts a New Park Bana Benu Chaya

A growing population and an ever increasing concrete jungle are gradually eating away the green spaces in this city. In the name of development most of our open spaces have disappeared over the years and so did the large

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Kolkata Police Standing guard to city’s heritage

You have seen them on the streets controlling traffic or rushing in to maintain law and order but now you will find Kolkata Police in a new role, that of protector of heritage monuments. No, it is not part of a new job p

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Go Green with Toto

A cross between a cycle rickshaw and an auto rickshaw they have been around for quite some time now, noiselessly whizzing past us and slowly making their presence felt particularly in the fringe areas of Kolkata. We’re

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Nazrul Tirtha

Lofty walls studded with quotations from his literary works greet you as you walk past the amphitheatre and listen to Nazrulgeeti playing softly in the background. The very ambience fills you with a warm feeling of awe a

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Swaminarayan Temple – City’s New Attraction

Temples in our country are usually dimly-lit, narrow and congested but the newly-built Swaminarayan Temple in the outskirts of the city is, actually, both a visual and a spiritual treat. The temple complex inaugurated in

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Garden Reach Flyover

The perennially-congested Garden Reach area can finally breathe a sigh of relief. The newly-constructed 4-lane flyover at Garden Reach has come as a boon to the people frequenting the Kolkata Port area. Bringing down the

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Butterfly Garden

It is a therapeutic experience to walk around on cobbled garden walkways while admiring a thriving population of flora and fauna. Butterfly gardening, an initiative that helps rejuvenate the butterfly population of a spe

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Floating Market at Patuli

The term ‘Floating Market’ immediately brings to our mind the image of Dal Lake of Kashmir with its beautiful ‘shikaras’ or even the floating market of Pattaya, creating a mesmerising view. On 24 January 2018, Ko

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Light & Sound Show at Eco Park Sculpture Garden

Replete with various anecdotes that has helped shape the history of Bengal; the newly opened sculpture garden at Eco Tourism Park in New Town is a one-of-a-kind attraction of not only Kolkata, but that of the country as

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A New Wave of Performances

The continuous evolution of popular culture has brought us ever so close to our icons. Maybe not through direct communication but definitely through their many expositions. These interactions, in the form of live perform

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Kolkata Gets a New Open Air Theatre

Evolving from Greek architecture, open air theatres have become a typical feature of the urban landscape. It is always charming to visit an open air theatre – the grand stage, the lights, hundreds of people cheering on

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Food Trucks: A Growing Trend

Ever wondered what it takes to build a food truck? Each time we spot a food truck on the roads of Kolkata, we are reminded of the famous TV show ‘Eat Street’, where the host visits food trucks all across America and

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Seven Wonders of the World at Eco-Park

A first of its kind in the city, Kolkatans can now get a glimpse of the Seven Wonders of the World at Eco-park in New Town Rajarhat. The idea to create replicas of the Seven Wonders of the World originally came from Chie

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Uniform Speed Limit on City Flyovers

In a bid to bring in uniformity in speed for each and every category of vehicle plying on city flyovers, a uniform speed restriction has been put in place by Kolkata Traffic Police. This new speed restriction for longer

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A Slice of Japan In Eco Park

Eco Tourism Park is already a huge hit among visitors and with its newest addition, a Japanese Forest, it is bound to give other city attractions a run for their money. Although a few of the installations were handed dow

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Kolkata Crematoriums Get a Makeover

Happy hunting grounds of vultures and other scavenging animals, strewn with pieces of bones, skulls and remnants of half-lit pyres, the description of Nimtala Mahasashan at the end of nineteenth century given by Mahendra

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Kolkata Gets Bike Taxi Service

At a time when convenience is the buzzword, app based cab services have become quite popular in the city. But with road space remaining the same, traffic jams and congestion offering no respite at times, the cab service

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Congestion-free

The dreaded traffic congestion at Posta in Burrabazar due to its narrow roads, further constricted by parking of large number of goods vehicles for loading and unloading of supplies for the flourishing spices market, is

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Art But on a Different Canvas

Kolkata has enjoyed its share of brilliance in art. Right from Abanindranath Tagore to Bikash Bhattacharjee and Jogen Chowdhury, there has been a long line of illustrious painters who have done the city proud. But increa

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Get Inked

Though once regarded as a lesser art, tattoo has increasingly come to be associated with the expression of one's identity. And Kolkata has never been reticent in expressing its myriad identities, that too in no uncertain

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Christmas Spirit at Bow Barracks

Christmas is more than elaborate meals, store-bought plum cakes, and exchange of expensive gifts or formal parties. The true spirit of Christmas lies in giving and sharing and this is exactly how it is celebrated at the

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Beautifying Kolkata

As the second city of the British Empire, Kolkata, then Calcutta, had earned the sobriquet “City of Palaces” before partition happened and the surge of population post-independence robbed it of its apparent beauty th

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Pandals on Sale

Recycling is the buzzword for an environmentally conscious world and nobody knows it better than us. The concept of use and throw is actually foreign to Indians and our jugaad-wired brains often come up with innovative u

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Durga Puja: A Corporate Battleground

Durga Puja reminds us of many things - the sweet fragrance of shiuli, the vast stretches of kashphool gently swaying in the breeze, the blue autumnal sky and the foot tapping drum beats of the dhakis. But nostalgia apart

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Visit the Bheris of Kolkata

The East Kolkata Wetlands, considered to be the 'kidneys' of the city has been home to a number of bheris or fish ponds, supplying fish to our kitchens from time immemorial. Some of these are freshwater ponds, others bra

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Ferry Services in Kolkata and Howrah

How many times you have been stuck in a traffic jam while approaching Howrah Bridge? Or almost missed your train because of massive waterlogging at Mahatma Gandhi Road or a political meeting at Metro Channel? Often, when

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Buses With Bio–toilets

Inadequate or complete absence of restrooms on national highways have been long pending complaint for travellers on roads in our country. Even if a few are available at dhabas and other eateries, they seldom address issu

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Changing Times for Theatre

Theatre is a mirror through which art reflects life and like everything else, theatre in Kolkata, too, has undergone stages of metamorphosis from time to time. Every time we feel that it has turned moribund, it rises fro

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Bishwa Baangla Haat

When Kakali, who has made London her home for the past two decades, decided to get some nolen gur while returning from her vacation in Kolkata, she was delighted to find- it was no longer a messy experience. Thanks to th

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Kolkata’s Own Wax Museum

Kolkatans, gear up for the ultimate celebrity experience! You can actually cozy up to them without being elbowed by security personnel and bouncers and even pose for a perfect picture with the country’s most famous fac

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