The beach town of Digha will get a world-class international convention centre within two months, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said at the administrative meeting in East Midnapore on Thursday. Sprawling over a three-acre area, the convention centre has a capacity to accommodate 1,000 delegates at a time.
“Business delegations from across the country and abroad often prefer seaside venues for holding conferences. While the members of the delegation are busy in meetings, their families can spend time on the beach for a day or two,” the CM said, asking the Digha Shankarpur Development Authority (DSDA) to improve the cleanliness of the area.
Mamata advised the DSDA to engage 100 people from the fishermen families residing along the beach for keeping the nearby areas clean. “I would insist you engage men from families of fishermen. They have a natural love for the area. They will sweep the streets, water the beach area, collect plastic and dissuade people from spitting,” the CM said. She then asked the public representatives to be stringent in supervision. “I won’t tolerate any lapse. Local leaders often engage people but don’t supervise the work. The state is paying for the work and these people can’t just sit back home,” the CM said.
District officials and Digha Hotel Association members lauded the government’s development work. As per estimates, 26 lakh tourists, including foreigners, visit Digha every year.
The CM further emphasized on solid waste management and improve waste segregation, collection and transportation to the dumping site at Jatamala. A primary survey by the DSDA revealed Digha generates 33 tonnes of waste a day. Hotels, commercial institutions and coconut vendors contribute to 75% of the daily waste.
The CM also asked the tourism department to take up beautification plans for the adjoining Jagannath Ghat and Jagannath temple. “Tourist centres are often a place for pilgrimage. Thousands of tourists go to Puri every year to visit the Jagannath temple. We can’t turn Digha into Puri, but we can beautify the Jagannath Ghat and make the temple bigger,” she said.
Source: Times of India