State to organise investors' meet in Siliguri on Nov 3
Darjeeling: The state government will be organising an investors' meet in Siliguri on November 3. The meet is primarily aimed at drawing investors for 'Bhorer Alo.'
Located at Gajoldoba in Jalpaiguri district, "Bhorer Alo" is dubbed as India's largest integrated tourism location. It is the dream project of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
"There are three private investors already in the project. We want to woo investors for other components of the of the project," stated Gautam Deb, Tourism Minister.
Investors are being invited to invest in a budget hotel; 2-Star category hotels and a high-end hotel. Apart from this, investors will be invited for a 9-hole golf course spread on a land 60-acre. An old-age home will be coming up on a plot of 3-acre in Bhorer Alo.
On October 3, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had inaugurated 'Bhorer Alo.' Spread across a sprawling area of 210-acre, the project will include a bird sanctuary 'Pakhibitan' Jungle Safari, Sun set point, Orchid Park, Amphitheater, Camping facility, Jungle trek route, Adventure cycling and boating facilities. During the inauguration, the Chief Minister had requested investors accompanying her to spread the word of immense business potential of the project. "We have invested Rs 320 crore in this project," stated the CM.
Banerjee said the project would help develop the surrounding areas by with generating employment and creating livelihoods. "North Bengal is no more neglected as was in the case before. Our Government has given a lot of impetus to North Bengal" the Chief Minister had said. Since 2011, a total investment to the tune of Rs 1,700 crores has already been made in this sector in North Bengal with 2,500 persons being employed. On Friday Tourism Minister Gautam Deb, talking to media persons also announced that 5 help desks for tourists will become operational from October 15.
The help desks will be located at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, Bagdogra Airport and Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus in Siliguri. In Dooars, there will be two help desks at Malbazar and Chalsa.
Along with this, 18 police assistant booths will come up in tourist destinations in North Bengal.