CM Mamata off to Sunderbans to scout for investment
The Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will leave for a three- day trip to the Sunderbans, accompanied by a team of industrialists from Kolkata. The trip is aimed at showcasing the tourism potential of the island. Banerjee gave her Delhi trip(all Chief Minsiters were invited to a meeting) a miss.
The industrialists had been part of the delegation that had gone to Singapore along with Banerjee earlier as well as accompanied her during her Gangasagar trip. Most of the targeted projects include developing water transport, beautification and tourist infrastructure of the area, declared World Heritage site by UNESCO. The projects will be on a PPP model(public-private partnership) and expected to develop Sunderbans as a tourism centre with a difference.
To start with, the delegation will halt at Jharkhali, wherein Chief Minister will hold a meeting with the industrialists. The next day, the team will accompany Banerjee on a boat ride to various islands of the southern fringes of Sunderbans. Jharkhali is expected to be the gateway to the islands that house the world-famous mangrove forest and the Royal Bengal Tiger. On December 8, Banerjee is scheduled to reach Phultali where a government programme has been organised. Here she will inaugurate the ‘Tiger Rescue Centre’ at Jharkhali and a 750 m long bridge between Mathurapur and Patharpratima.The bridge will improve connectivity of the area manifold.