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Kite flights & fights

■ If you’re looking to do something different this Sunday, drive down to the Eco Tourism Park in New Town where a kite festival will be on from 10am to 5pm.

Registration for the festival is over so you cannot take part in it if you haven’t already signed up, but you can always buy the Rs 10 entry ticket to the park and watch the kites take flight.

The festival, named Vo Katta 2013, is the first of its kind being organised by Benchmark Developers and the event will be a pan-Indian one. “We have received over 500 entries from across the country. We have formed a committee comprising the presidents of various kite clubs of India and they are scanning the entries to select the final participants,” says Surajit Ghosh, head, administration and marketing, Benchmark Developers.

The festival will be divided into a competition and an exhibition. The competitive segment will see “kite fights” where fliers will aim to snap the strings of one another’s kites. Between four and eight fliers will take stage at a time and the attempt will be to pitch fliers from different cities against each other.

Rules require the kites to be flying within 300m and 500m so judges and visitors can watch the action. The exhibition will be of fancy kites, where kites of different shapes, sizes and colours will be on view. This event will not be competitive.

The festival will take place in front of the lake in the Park as it has the suitable wind conditions, which is essential for kite flying. “We chose this New Town location for the festival as it has adequate space and favourable conditions. We did not want to hold it at the Maidan as other kite festivals take place there. We wanted to build an identify for our event, which we shall turn into an annual one if this year is a success,” says Ghosh.

He also promises the audience a surprise, hinting only that “the look of the sky will change as the day progresses”.

Rail tickets

■ A mobile railway ticketing system has been launched in the township. A white coloured van, with “mobile railway ticketing system” written on it, is being parked at designated spots on weekdays. Before this, tickets were only available in Mayukh Bhavan in the township .

The mobile counter is called “Muskhil Aashan” and has computerised reservation facilities. “I want to book tickets to Mumbai in March and this service is very convenient,” said Poonam Singh a resident of Lake Town who stopped by the van which was parked near Big Bazaar on Wednesday morning.

“This service has been on for about a month and response is very good,” said Srikanta Saha, the man behind the counter in the van.

The van stops at Kwality bus stop on Mondays, Baisakhi bus stop on Tuesdays, Big Bazaar on Wednesdays, Chingrihata crossing on Thursdays, SDF Building bus stop on Fridays and Technopolis bus stop on Saturdays. It stays there from 8am to 2pm except on national holidays.


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