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West Bengal govt plans houseboat services in Sunderbans

KOLKATA

In a move that would give a boost to tourism sector in the state which engages lots of micro and small enterprises in it, the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation (WBTDC) is planning to launch houseboat services at different places in the Sunderbans and in the creeks from the Hooghly in East Midnapore district.

The move will boost back water tourism in West Bengal, based on the model of Kerala, reports KNN.

The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been giving stress to develop tourism infrastructure across the state. The State tourism department has been working to identify new places and boost the infrastructure at existing tourism spots.

WBTDC is expected to procure eight maintenance-free fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) house boats for the Sunderbans and the water bodies East Midnapore district.

“The house boats should comprise of two bed rooms with attached bath and toilet facilities along with a conference room with sitting arrangements for 20 persons. A bar, kitchen, restaurant, lounge and four bedded rooms along with an open space will al so be available on-board,” All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) said.

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