The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) is setting up a smart plaza off the main arterial road close to Biswa Bangla Gate at Narkelbagan More. A garden is being developed that will have features like laptop tables and benches for people to work in an open air, Wi-Fi facilities and gazebos.
Officials said that the smart plaza is being developed from where the smart street ends. “The idea behind the place is that people can spend quality leisure time and can also do their work in the open air without the need to confine themselves inside houses. The initiative is a part of developing New Town as a green smart city,” said Jan official.
Authorities who recently inspected the progress of work said they were trying to complete setting up the plaza by January 26. The garden is being set up on a few cottahs and will also have decorative flowering plants.
The Metro alignment passes by the plaza and some of the pillars under the tracks have vertical gardens to complement the scenery.
The benches and laptop tables in the garden will be made of granite and there will be open-air LED display and lighting, as well as a container toilet facility for visitors to the place. There will also be decorative gazebos around the park.
With working from home becoming the new normal, Hidco authorities are already planning to set up neighbourhood work cocoons in a few open-air places in New Town where one can sit with their laptops and work in a home-like environment, but outside their own houses.