To be set up on the Hooghly riverfront, the giant wheel to be known as 'Kolkata Eye' would have a diameter of 150 to 180 metres with more than 30 viewing cabins. It will accommodate more than 500 people per revolution.
"The Giant Wheel will come up on the banks of the river near the second Hooghly bridge," West Bengal Tourism Minister Rachpal Singh said here.
"The idea is to set up the Great Kolkata Wheel as an iconic structure for attracting tourists to the city," Singh said.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had promised to give Kolkata, which was the capital of British-ruled India till 1911, an image makeover on the lines of London and the setting up of the Giant Wheel and beautification of the river front are part of her plans.
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