A happy zone, with food stalls, community space, air quality checks and colourful fencing, has been set up by the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) at the New Town bus stand at the first intersection of the main arterial road. Officials said the aim is to develop the township as a happy, green, smart city with such initiatives.
New Town had earlier received a happiness quotient rating of 6.4 out of 10 from IIT-Kharagpur in its first assessment of the joint collaboration between the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) and IIT-Kharagpur to develop New Town as a ‘Happy City’.
Officials said the initiative is aimed at developing the happiness quotient of New Town and more such zones will be coming up soon. Additionally, a smart street and smart garden are already coming up nearby.
“The happy zone off the New Town bus stand is a place where people can hang out with friends and family, with a few food joints, a community space for ‘adda’ and a small open-air area. The space is surrounded by colourful fences and sign boards. It also has an air-quality checking device which shows the ambient air quality at any given time. The pavement of the bus stand has been decked up to give it a fresh and clean look to go with the happy zone,” said an official.
Residents are elated over such adda zones coming up in the township. “The New Town bus stand in Action Area I ahead of Biswa Bangla Gate is a happening spot. With the colourful fences, sign boards and a community adda space, it has really become a cool place to hang out with friends,” said Samaresh Das, a local resident and chairperson of New Town Forum and News (NTFN), a local NGO.