Tarapith Rampurhat Development Authority (TRDA) has decided to include 15 mouzas of Rampurhat block I.
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting held on October 24. The development authority has been set up following the direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Many general body meetings of the TRDA have already been held. TRDA is under the state Urban Development department.
The area covered by the 15 mouzas will be around 39.933 sq km. The jurisdiction of the authority originally covered 56 mouzas, scattered across 95.79 sq km.
Now, the area has gone up by 40 per cent and a comprehensive area development plan – which includes road connectivity, drainage system, bypass roads – will be taken up.
The famous temple town of Tarapith draws nearly 20,000 pilgrims on weekdays and around 50,000 pilgrims on weekends.
The numbers go up and vary anything between one lakh and three lakh during festive occasions. Tarapith also has around 280 hotels.
Construction of a multi-storeyed parking-cum-bus stand facility, clearing of encroachments along the road at Rampurhat and rehabilitation in shopping complexes, passenger and parking amenities at important intersections at Rampurhat will be taken up.
A bridge has been planned to come up over river Dwarka to provide connectivity to Kali Mandir at Udaipur and another one will be constructed to connecting Tarapith to the block headquarters at Sahapur gram panchayat.
Beautification of various roads at Tarapith and Rampurhat and creation of Shakti Pith hub at Tarapith will be taken up soon.
A foot-over bridge over river Dwarka to provide connectivity to Ma Tara Mandir will be set up for planned urbanisation.
With the formation of the TRDA, several schemes have been already taken up; these include beautification of the areas surrounding the temple with lights and pavers block and beautification of maha-samshan and Pancha Mundi Mandir.
An underground parking facility with shopping complex and fairground at Tarapaith will be taken up soon, along with construction of row shops. Construction of a mini amusement park and river front amenities on the left bank of river Dwarka has also been planned.
Religious tourism is becoming quite popular Bengal and the state Tourism department, along with Urban Development department and district administration, is planning to improve infrastructure at the tourist sites to woo more people.