Featured Image: A file photo of the Aquatica water park at Rajarhat.
By A Newsman
Kolkata, 31 October: AQUATICA, the private water amusement park at Rajarhat near Kolkata seems to be getting embroiled in one controversy after another!
After being temporarily closed down for a few days in April this year for allegedly installing CCTV cameras in the changing rooms, FIR has now been lodged against Aquatica for non-payment of Rs 11.16 lakh trade taxes to the local gram panchayat under whose jurisdiction the park is located.
The Trinamool led Bamanghata gram panchayat has filed a complaint at the Leather Complex police station over the tax default. In the complaint, the panchayat head Amaresh Mandal has alleged Aquatica has not renewed the trade licence for the past two years and thus have defaulted on paying the taxes that are due to it.
Mandal has alleged that despite repeated notice, the park authorities have chosen to ignore. Aquatica is also excessively exploiting ground water on its premises affecting farming in the nearby villages, he alleged.
Responding to the allegations, Aquatica’s marketing manager Umesh Shankar said that they have defaulted on paying the trade taxes because the Trinamool led gram panchayat was demanding double the amount that was being paid earlier.
“Ever since the new board assumed office in 2013, the have doubled the taxes without any valid explanation,” he said, adding that they were eager to get the trade licence renewed by the gram panchayat and would hold a meeting with them on Saturday.
Aquatica is spread over an area of 17 acres and is owned and operated by Vishal Water World Private Limited.