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Shot taken at Eco park, Kolkata, India..
About Eco Park:-
New Town Eco Park (officially Prakriti Tirtha) is an urban park in Rajarhat, Kolkata.[1] The park is situated on a 480 acres (190 ha) plot and will surround a 104 acres (42 ha) waterbody with an island in the middle.[2] The park was conceptualised by Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee in July 2011.[3] West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) is the overarching body coordinating the construction of the park, along with different other government bodies responsible for implementation of different works inside the park.[3] The park has been divided into three broad parts; 1) ecological zones like wetlands, grasslands, and urban forest, 2)theme gardens and open spaces, 3)and urban recreational spaces.[2] The Eco Park will be further divided into different sub-parts according to the different types of fauna planted.[3] According to the plan, the park will have different areas like wild flower meadows, a bamboo garden, grasslands, tropical tree garden, bonsai garden, tea garden, Cactus Walk, a heliconia garden, a butterfly garden, a play area and an amphitheatre.[3] Further, there is plan to develop an eco-resort in public-private partnership, and will also include an area where handicrafts from different part of the state will be exhibited.[2] The park was inaugurated on 29 December 2012 by Mamata Banerjee.
The Eco park is located along the Major Arterial Road in Action Area - II of New Town, Kolkata at 2235′55″N 8828′03″E. The park will be surrounded by the Kolkata International Convention Center and the Kolkata Museum of Modern Art on the North, the upcoming Central Business District and International Financial Hub on the east, and existing human settlement of Jatragachi/Hatiara on the South and West.
On 5 January 2013, Vokatta - a kite festival was organized by Benchmark Developers Pvt. Ltd, in association with HIDCO (West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development CorporationLimited) in Eco Park ground. There was an open invitation for all to participate after 11 AM onwards.

On 5 January 2014, again Vokatta-2014 was organised by Benchmark NewTown Kolkata International Kite Festival Trust, In co operation with WBHIDCO. Kite fliers from the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, the USA, Singapore and Malaysia participated in Vokatta 2014. National kite fliers from Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Mumbai and Rajkot also joined the festivity, This year, the emphasis was on Fancy kites. Hot Air Balloon was another attraction.

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