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Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday inaugurated the Biswa Bangla Gate from the Book Fair dais, inviting people to “visit, take a tour, drink coffee and then come down”.

“I am inaugurating the Biswa Bangla Gate from here,” Mamata said to applause at the opening of the 43rd edition of the Book Fair at Central Park in Salt Lake. “They will allow 45 visitors (at a time). Booking has to be done online.” A senior official of Hidco, which has created much of New Town, said visitors would be able to get onto the viewing gallery of the Biswa Bangla Gate from Saturday. “The gate will remain open Mamata Banerjee at the Book Fair in Salt Lake on Thursday, from where she inaugurated the Biswa Bangla Gate that towers over New Town. Picture by Gautam Bose from 12pm till 6pm. Visitors can go up and spend a maximum of one hour there.” People wanting to take in the view from the Biswa Bangla Gate will be able to purchase tickets online by logging on to the Hidco website ( Hidco has also tied up with Book- MyShow, which has a mobile app.

Tickets have been priced at Rs 100 each for access to the gallery and three selfie zones. The panoramic view of New Town will, of course, be the prime attraction. Free Wi-Fi will be provided to visitors. Debashis Sen, chairman and managing director of Hidco, said the Biswa Bangla Gate had been designed to withstand extreme temperatures and high winds. “Tests were conducted to determine the strength and structural stability of the structure,” he said.

The 55m tall structure has a 10ft wide and 60m long gallery. The facade is of toughened glass with laminated silicone sheets.

The way to the viewing gallery and cafetaria is through two capsule lifts and spiral staircases.

The wall of the gallery has been done up with paintings of the greats of Bengal, from Rabindranath Tagore to Mother Teresa. A print of a painting by Mamata also adorns the wall..

Source: Telegraph India

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