The Fountain of Joy during a trial run on Friday evening. Picture by Sanjoy Ghosh
The Fountain of Joy, the Maidan attraction that had to be shut down in 2005 because of technical problems, is coming back bigger and better.
The decorative structure, which emitted jets of water in tune with music, is expected to be revived by Puja.
“The musical fountain is unique. There are not many three-tier fountains in the country. The musical fountain is in the upper pool and the architectural and dynamic fountains are in the intermediate and lower pools,” said an official of CESC, which has been maintaining the fountain since it was set up in 1991.
While the old fountain had 20 channels for water and light effects, the new one will have 150.
The new fountain will have a centre-fed circular 6m high and 18m wide water screen. The upper pool will boast 99 water effects, the intermediate 20 and the lower pool 30.
A water cascading area — “more than 80 metre long from upper pool to the intermediate pool” — has also been created.
“This Fountain of Joy is a small gift from the company. The CESC Fountain of Joy that will be inaugurated at the same site just before Puja is far more spectacular both in terms of technology and visual effects,” said Sanjiv Goenka, chairman, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group.
“The inspiration for creating the new CESC Fountain of Joy in the Maidan comes from the chief minister, who is so keen to turn Calcutta into a beautiful megapolis,” he added.
The fountain will have a large number of LED and PAR lamps and high watt reflectors, capable of changing the colours at short intervals.
Sources in CESC said the water effects would be controlled by pneumatically assisted solenoid valves, capable of opening and shutting 12 times a second, resulting in water shooting up in the air at spectacular speed.
About Rs 3 crore has been spent on renovating and reinstalling the musical fountain.
“In the last two years the city is looking greener, cleaner and brighter. Making Calcutta one of India’s most beautiful cities is a dream the chief minister is slowly turning into a reality. The Fountain of Joy, which was comatose, is now ready to spring to life,” said Trinamul Congress MP Derek O’Brien.