Siliguri: Bengal has today got a new tourism destination with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurating an integrated eco-tourism hub in the north Bengal.
Conceived and named by the Chief Minister, Bhorer Alo eco-tourism hub is located at Gajoldoba, about 25-km from Siliguri town. The state government has spent Rs 320-crore to develop the 210-acre sprawling facility, Banerjee said in her speech.
The Chief Minister has announced that the site will be soon declared a notified area so to prevent encroachments and unauthorised land sale by land mafias. A dedicated police station will come up here under the Siliguri Police Commissionerate to ensure the security of tourists and people living in the vicinity.
Until the police station comes up, a watchtower will be erected at the earliest for vigilance, she said.
Bhorer Alo eco-tourism hub has everything that a tourist can ask for ~ there is Teesta Barrage for boating, a golf course, deep forests close by, and Mt Kanchenjungha is clearly visible from here.
“To start with, we have opened one resort for the tourists, three more will be set up soon. An orchid park, a museum, a helipad, and a few private five-star hotels will come up here. A handicraft mart will be set up on two-acre area where items manufactured by craftsman of north Bengal and elsewhere in the state will be sold,” the Chief Minister said.
Recalling that Gajoldoba drew her attention while she was passing by during the election campaign in 2011, Banerjee said that it would one day become the most sought-after destination for tourists.
“This is such a unique place. It has water, forest, hills, birds everything. Like the Eco Park in Kolkata, which is now a top most destination, Bhorer Alo will also become a name in the near future,” she said, urging industrialists Harsh Neotia and others present to invest in the tourism infrastructure here.
Twenty-five boatmen will be given new boats and life jackets so that they can take tourists on boating with safety.