State Affairs

Siliguri to get tourist complex

SILIGURI: Tourism minister Gautam Deb laid the foundation stone of a Rs 40 crore composite tourist complex with a multi-purpose hall, 40-room lodge and restaurants among other things near Bagdogra on March 19.

The tourism department is spending around Rs 95 lakh to construct a boundary wall around the complex that will come up on a three acre plot, reports The Telegraph.

“This tourism infrastructure will be one of the largest of its kind in north Bengal. It will have the capacity to accommodate 3,000 people in a multipurpose hall at a time. There will also be restaurants, cafeteria and a 40-room lodge,” Deb said.

Sources said when the department had organised the second edition of Bengal Travel Mart here in January, some prominent persons in the national tourism industry had suggested that the government set up an integrated facility in Siliguri to host such events.

“The project is hardly 3km from Bagdogra Airport and 10km from Siliguri. Once completed, it will be available for mega conferences. At the same time, tourists visiting north Bengal and Sikkim and moving through Bagdogra can avail themselves of the facility for refreshment and accommodation,” an official said.

Later, speaking at a news conference, Deb said the tourism department had permission from all quarters to build a tourist lodge at Tiger Hill near Darjeeling. “We are developing the tourism project at Tiger Hill by following all necessary guidelines. We have also taken permissions from all necessary quarters,” said the minister.

The Study Forum of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha had alleged that the Tiger Hill project was coming up in a notified forest area and the state government didn’t have permission from the authorities concerned.a


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