Tell other states how Bengal is doing, Mamata urges industrialists
Kolkata: Alleging that a section of people is trying to spread canards to defame Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday urged the industrialists to inform the people of other states about the beauty and development that Bengal has witnessed in the last eight years.
"See the beauty of your own state and then you can explain it to other states as well. I will appeal to you that when you visit other states, please tell something about how Bengal is doing. Some people are spreading bad things about Bengal to defame it, please try to give it a good name," Banerjee said at the launch of the super premium luxury hotel ITC Royal Bengal in the city.
She reiterated that Bengal has seen a lot of development in the last eight years, in comparison to the 34 year rule of the erstwhile Left Front government.
"It is a political propaganda by some people to portray Bengal in a bad light but the state has progressed a lot from the economic and infrastructural development point of view. Bengal is a peaceful state and in this parameter, it is better than any other state in the country. So many things are happening in the state now," Banerjee said.
Highlighting the recent developments in the state, Banerjee said that the leather industry is witnessing a boon in the state with people coming from Lucknow and other places in Uttar Pradesh to invest in Bengal.
100 acres of land at the Silicon Valley hub in New Town has already been offered and another 100 acres of land has been earmarked there.
"Hoteliers always look for good business and if the hotels here would have had less occupancy then they would not have made new ventures. We have come up with a convention centre of international standards at New Town and another such centre is coming up at Digha near the sea beach. The tourism sector is also witnessing massive development. Home stay tourism is coming up in a big way and local people are getting employment through the same," the Chief Minister asserted.
Banerjee said that bookings for ITC Royal Bengal have already started. "The number of foreign tourists in the state has gone up by 34 percent, while domestic tourists have increased 228 percent," she added.
The Chief Minister also expressed her gratitude towards the authorities of ITC for dedicating ITC Royal Bengal to the City of Joy. "It is a historic day and this is the beginning of a new era. Come and visit and enjoy the ambience and décor of the hotel," she maintained.