The minister of state for tourism, Ghulam Rabbani has decided to develop the Kulick Bird Sanctuary in Raiganj and Sapnikla Forest in Chopra of North Dinajpur district to attract more tourists there. After taking office as minister he reportedly visited both Raiganj Kulick Bird Sanctuary and Sapnikla forest in the district. He found ample potential to boost tourism in such places.

He reportedly told concerned officials to prepare a project report on the subject. Every year more than 80,000 migratory birds like open bill stork, egret, cormorant, night heron and pond heron from South Asian countries visit Raiganj Kulick Bird Sanctuary. The birds’arrival starts since the first week of June.The birds stay here till November. During their stay they build nests and give birth the young ones. Numerous tourists from different parts of the state and Bihar visit this bird sanctuary to witness the beauty of the sanctuary throughout the year. Though there is a tourist lodge inside the sanctuary, tourists have been demanding to build some cottages near the bird sanctuary. On the other hand Sapnikla forest is a dense forest in Chopra. There is a creek in the midst of this forest.Tourists would like this creek renovated and pisciculture introduced there.

Ghulam Rabbani said: “In the first phase, according to the direction of the CM we will complete all pending projects.Then in the second phase we will draw up plans to develop tourism in Raiganj Kulick Bird Sanctuary and in Sapnikla forest in Chopra of North Dinajpur district. In Raiganj forest officials have already planted a large number of trees over the last few years. In order to boost tourism we are looking for land at Abdulghata at the east bank of the Kulick river to build cottages for the stay of tourists.

We are planning to clean up the lake in the midst of the sanctuary. At Sapnikla we have a plan to renovate the existing creek to attract tourists. In addition, construction of a watch tower for tourists is also in consideration.We also had a talk at the secretary level. The concerned officials have been told to prepare a project report and place it before the department soon.