The state Urban development department on Friday set up Bakreswar Development Authority (BKDA) for comprehensive development of the area. The jurisdiction of the authority covers 42 moujas, spread over 58 square kilometers of Dubrajpur block and Dubrajpur municipality in Birbhum. The authority has been formed to explore the tourism potential of the area and economic development of people.
Accordingly, a master development plan will be prepared along with land use development and control plan (LUDCP). This will help to develop the area systematically in accordance with the provision of the West Bengal Town and Country Planning Act, 1979.
A senior official of the Urban development department said it had been decided that no haphazard development would be allowed in any area. It may be recalled that during the Left Front regime, vast areas in the city had been developed by filling up water bodies and without proper planning.
As a result, high-rise buildings have come up on narrow roads and in case of any emergency it would be difficult even for the fire tenders to go in. To avoid such disaster, spatial planning would be done before any project is taken up. The LUDCP will specify the areas where houses, commercial establishments and even industries can be set up.
Bakreswar has tremendous potential as a tourist spot. There are many hot springs where hundreds and thousands of people go every year.