Digha has recorded the highest footfall of tourists this weekend, with thousands of visitors from various parts of the state and outside coming to the resort town to enjoy the monsoon.
After the state government gave a Digha a facelift, the seaside town has now become one of the most favourite attractions for people in the state.
This weekend, however, the influx of the tourists was seen to have considerably gone above normal because of the three consecutive holidays that many office goers in the state got. Bengalis have a natural inclination to visit Digha once they get an off day.
People began pouring into Digha in large numbers since Saturday morning. As a result, the city has seems to wear a festive spirit. After becoming the Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee had taken up lots of initiatives to turn it into a major tourist destination. The city has transformed in an impressive way in the last few years, with the state government undertaking a lot of new projects.
With the increase in the number of people visiting Digha, the economy of the area has boosted as well. The state government has constructed a walkway along the beach in Digha, similar to Marine Drive in Mumbai.
The beach town of Digha and its surrounding areas have become more beautiful with several other projects coming up in the region. A ropeway is coming up at Amarabati Park for tourists and will run along the lake in the park. The length of the ropeway has been estimated to be about 150 to 200 meters and tourists will be able to get a better view of Digha from the ropeway.
The state government is working directly with the coastal zone authorities to work out modalities for a bigger ropeway project, which would fly over the beach between Old and New Digha. It has also been working to develop the coastal areas of Shankarpur, Tajpur and Mandarmani into attractive tourist destinations.
The Chief Minister, during her last visit to the town, had directed the district administration and civic bodies to ensure that roads were maintained well, beaches were kept clean, beautification schemes were undertaken and solid waste management programme was kept in place to attract a number of visitors.
The Digha-Shankarpur Development Authority (DSDA) has already taken up overall civic infrastructure development of the entire area. According to a senior official of a hotel owners association, since Friday large swathes of people have started coming in.
Presently, almost all the rooms were booked. People have arrived in Digha to enjoy monsoon to the hilt.