Now Kolkata Will Have Its Own Eiffel Tower Paying Tribute To Paris Attack Victims
Just Catch a bus from Rajarhat and there you will see Eiffel Tower, yes you heard it right, HIDCO has decided to build a 55-metre replica of the tower to commemorate the 129 victims of the November 13 terror attack in the French capital.The structure will come up at Eco Park.
“This will be the first such model of the Eiffel Tower in India,” said Sushim Banerjee, the director-general of the Institute for Steel Development and Growth that has prepared the architectural and structural designs of the Eiffel prototype.
“It will be a giant steel structure nearly as tall as an 18-storey building. Had it not been located on the path of flights taking off and landing at Dum Dum (the airport is nearby), we could have tried to build an exact replica,” Debasish Sen, chairman of HIDCO, said.
The foundation stone of the project will be laid on Sunday 28th Nov’15 by urban development minister Firhad Hakim. The consulgeneral of France in Kolkata, Damien Syed, has been invited to the event.
“The idea is to show our solidarity with those who died in the attack in Paris earlier this month,” state urban development minister Firhad Hakim told.
It will take three years to build the tower after the work order is issued, a senior HIDCO official said. At least 300 tonnes of steel will be required to build it. The tower will sport a steel grey color.
The structure at Eco Park will have two tiers where people can go up and stand to catch a glimpse of the town below. The viewing gallery will be at a height of 25 metres. There will be two lifts to carry the passengers. “There will be a coffee shop and a souvenir shop too,” Sen said.
The other structures in Eco park will include replicas of Taj Mahal, Christ the Redeemer from Rio de Janeiro, Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan and the Colosseum in Rome.
Source: Hindustan Times / The Indian Express
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