Akansha Pandey | New Delhi
Aiming to develop north Bengal as an adventure tourism hub, West Bengal Tourism is open to offering an additional incentive for adventure tour operators. The state tourism department is considering Public Private Partnership (PPP) model to develop Gajoldoba in Jalpaiguri, said Amitava Ghosh, Deputy General Manager, West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation while addressing the potential investors at FICCI’s 4th Tourism Investors Meet in New Delhi. The land banks of IIDC, IDC, L&LR are also open for business investments.
Gateway to the North East, Gajoldoba is strategically located 28.2 km from Bagdogra. The government is seeking Rs. 100 crore of investment in this high-value tourist spot which integrates all basic infrastructural necessities to shape it as an eco-tourism hub. Jharkali too, he proposed, can be the next big tourist destination in Sundarban Biosphere Reserve. The place has its basic infrastructure in place and regular jetty service operational.
On the accommodation front, the state comprises 32 tourist lodges, a total of 653 keys, at prime locations which are being renovated currently and upgraded to a three-star facility by the end of this financial year. 72 highway motels are also present, every 40 kms, across the state on national and state highway. The tourism department is looking for tie-ups to operate and manage these lodging properties.