Kolkata: The Indian city of Kolkata will soon have its own version of the famous ‘London Eye’ Ferris wheel.
This comes after the National Green Tribunal ruled in favour of the West Bengal state government’s projects, directing the Port Trust of India to give the necessary permissions.
It has been a dream of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to turn Kolkata ‘into London’.
As part of her efforts to fulfil the vision, she plans to create the tourist attraction.
Environmental activists objected to the idea, saying construction on the banks of the Ganga river would severely damage its fragile ecosystem.
The Green Tribunal ordered an environmental impact assessment, which was conducted by Sun Consulting and Investment — the British firm that has been engaged by the state government to run the project for 30 years.
Seeing the report, the approval for constructing the Ferris wheel has been granted.
But some activists are still not convinced.
“I am not against development, but not at the cost of the environment,” said well-known green activist Subhas Dutta, who had petitioned the court. More info
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