Kolkata: The Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) has come up with a plan to set up an outdoor cycle velodrome in New Town, which is touted to be the first of its kind in the state. The authorities on Friday initiated the process to engage a consultant to prepare a concept plan and design the proposed velodrome.
Officials said that as per plans, the velodrome will be set up in Action Area IIE, close to Eco Park at one end and City Centre II at another. It would have a 250-meter-long circular cycle track for holding cycle-racing events. The arena will also have facilities for skating in the central open area on the ground floor. The cycle tracks will run around it.
“The aim of the project is to set up a facility for cycle enthusiasts to participate in cycling events within a global standard velodrome facility. This type of facility is seen at many places abroad but would be the first of its kind not only in the city but in the state as well,” said an official.
The consultant that will be engaged will come up with a detail concept and a masterplan for setting up the velodrome, along with the project cost estimation. The design drawing would be scrutinized from either JU, IIT or any equivalent government institution.
Cycle enthusiasts were elated with the plan to have a velodrome in New Town. “It would be wonderful to have a velodrome where bicycle racing and other cycle events can be organized,” said Samaresh Das, chairperson of the New Town Forum and News (NTFN), a local NGO. NTFN have been participating in a number of bicycle events in New Town.
Officials said that New Town is being developed as a green smart city and the velodrome would be one of the smart features. NKDA authorities have been taking several initiatives to promote and encourage people in cycling during the ongoing Covid pandemic.
New Town already has a dedicated 17-km-long bicycle track and an app-based public bicycle sharing scheme was relaunched last year with 100 cycles hitting the street along with docking stations and cycle stands. The cycle tracks are being extended and a mobile cycle repair clinic is coming up. NKDA have also issued a notification to have dedicated free bicycle parking zones at high-rises in the township.