Tourism dept earmarks land to set up lodges across North Bengal
The state Tourism department has decided to set more tourist lodges in various parts of North Bengal and it has already identified land where the proposed lodges would be constructed.
According to the senior officials of the Tourism department, a tourist lodge will be set up inside the
forest near Chalsa, for which a plot has been identified near Odlabari.
A tourist lodge would also come up at Domhani area of Jalpaiguri. A plot has also been identified at Turturi area.
According to the sources, a Day Centre would also be constructed in the forest area of Bhutanghat in Alipurduar.
The main purpose of the project is to improve the socio-economic condition of the people living in various villages which does not see a healthy flow of tourists as it lacks proper lodges.
A senior official of the Tourism department said that the tourists lodges would be constructed in
a place which is abound in natural beauty.
As a result of this, the proposed lodges would attract a large number of visitors from across the state as they are coming up at crucial spots.
A tourist lodge would also come up at Tinbigha corridor, where a large number of tourists regularly visit around the year.
Travellers often face problems as there are no proper lodge in the area.
The Tourism department officials will soon hold a meeting with the Border Security Force and Border Guard Bangladesh as the state government would need to take permission from the Central government and Bangladesh government for setting up the lodges.
The Bengal government has already put up flexboards and advertisements on various trains.
It may be mentioned that after coming to power, the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government laid great stress on developing the tourism infrastructure across the state.
A host of new projects have come up promoting various tourist spots in the state. Homestay has also been given a special importance by the government. It is aimed at helping boost the socio-economic condition of villagers in North Bengal. Tiger Safari is also coming up in North Bengal, which is believed to be one of the largest attractions in the state.