Kolkata has hardly celebrated its driving fraternity like other cities of India, nor does it have a set annual calendar event for the car owners. In a bid to fill the void ‘Kolkata on WHEELS’ decided to celebrate the city’s car owning fraternity with a punch packed day-long event ‘WHEELS Carnival’ to mark the occasion of the publication of its 100th issue.
The carnival kicked off with a historic convoy of 200 cars spreading the message of safe driving. The convoy was flagged off by Mr V Solomon Nesakumar, DC Traffic, Kolkata Traffic Police from Eden Gardens at 1.30 pm. Piloted by the sergeants of Kolkata Traffic Police on their ceremonial motorbikes, the 1 km long convoy drove through Red Road, Park Street, JBS Haldane Avenue, EM Bypass and Biswa Bangle Sarani through a green channel all the way to Eco Urban Village.
The event was hosted at Eco Urban Village, thanks to the venue partnership with WBHIDCO. The WHEELS Carnival started at Eco Urban Village at 2pm with a rush of high adrenaline for the All-Terrain and the Offroad vehicles on the off-roading tracks while band Kabyakatha performed on the other side, on the main stage. Once the convoy reached the venue, it turned into a sea of motorists, most of whom were keen to witness the motoring action first. It was the turn of stunt bikers and cars and even cycles. With everybody cheering on, they were at their best, demonstrating their breathtaking skills. The security personnel had to be on their toes to keep the tremendously excited crowd off the tracks.
As the sun dipped below the horizon it was time to unwrap the 100th issue of ‘Kolkata on WHEELS’. Team WHEELS rocked the stage with a couple of videos about the challenging journey of the city-centric magazine for car owners as well as the roller-coaster ride that Team WHEELS went through in the past years with Wheelers fraternity growing into a 350 member strong forum. Mr Debashish Sen, the Chairman of WBHIDCO and the chief guest of the event congratulated ‘Kolkata on WHEELS’ in every endeavour and inaugurated the special centenary issue.
As darkness descended it was time for some grand fireworks which definitely got the crowd to its feet with the 45 minutes long sparkling show. And there was some serious catwalk waiting for the audience as models showcased the lovely costumes of ‘Made in Bengal’. The evening ended on a lovely note as Nishaan belted out a few hit numbers and the crowd rhythmically swayed on its feet for the next hour.
As the evening came to end, it was also a new dawn for the members of Team WHEELS who came together, overcoming all challenges to give the City of Joy its first successful auto carnival!