The Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) on Friday opened two more work pods or cocoons named as ‘Happy Works Working Pods’ in New Town, one near Sankalpa 2 building and another near Eco Park Gate No. 4.
The authorities also inaugurated the second pedestrian subway at Biswa Bangla gate or Narkelbagan crossing, connecting Biswa Bangla gate ticket counter side to the Tata Medical Centre end. The four point crossing will have four subways at each corners, with two more due to come up at the remaining corners soon.
According to officials, the work pods have been set up with the idea to let people work from a quiet space which is close to their home. Many have already availed the facility.
The first work pod, located opposite Nazrul Tirtha off the main arterial road, was opened earlier in August this year. “About 500 persons have so far availed the facility of the first work pod. The two new work pods are close to those residing in Action Area II and III,” said a Hidco official.
There are 20 working desks for people to sit and work on their own in the pods. For convenience of the guests, each desk is numbered and a shelf full of books placed along with a tea table has been kept for reading. All the pods are air-conditioned with free high-speed WiFi facility.
There are a few additional features in the two new work pods. Both have separate eight-seater facility for organising group study or small meetings. A women self-help group, which is under the guidance and supervision of Kolkata Society for Cultural Heritage, has been engaged to look after and facilitate work at the work pods.
The rental charges is Rs 30 for the first one and half hours, after which one would have to pay only Rs 20 for each additional hours.
It was during the lockdown last year that Hidco had come up with the concept of having neighbourhood work cocoons for those who were working from home for a long time with boredom setting in.
Source: Times of India