Saturday, February 4

West Bengal to give popular spots a facelift, launch houseboats

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State plans to go for gradation of tourist areas in Bengal and maintain popular spots depending on footfall. The tourism department plans to take up places like Monohar Das Tarag — located in the heart of the city — and to turn it into a major tourist spot, as it hasn’t received the attention it deserves despite being well illuminated recently.

Tourism secretary Atri Bhattacharya said they are introducing six houseboats, of which, two are ready to host tourists at Babughat. The houseboats, named Jalashree and Gangashree by chief minister Mamata Banerjee, can also be used for conferences. Another ready houseboat is at Mukutmanipur. “Depending on the demand for houseboats, we can increase their numbers,” Bhattacharya said. Moreover, the tourism and information and cultural affairs departments are working together to showcase Bengal’s folk art at all major tourist spots.

Bhattacharya said they are also going to promote the Denmark Tavern, built by the Danes in 1786 and now reconstructed for tourists, at Serampore.

Tourism minister Gautam Deb said information kiosks will be set up at all tourist spots and government-owned tourist lodges. The state has launched 72 motels called Patha Sathi on the highways with the help of women’s self-help groups.

Source: Times of India

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