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S Dinajpur bid to draw more tourists

Statesman News Service | Balurghat |

With a view to promoting tourism and making people aware of the various tourist spots in the district, the civic body in South Dinajpur is all set to put up an array of colourful hoardings in government offices and public places with pictorial descriptions of such attractions.

“The administration has taken a step ahead to boost tourism in South Dinajpur. The administration has decided to exhibit a series of hoardings and calendars in every government office and at public places in the district. In the initial stage, boards will be put up across Balurghat and later, they will be displayed across the district,” administrative sources said.

According to the administration, they have primarily decided to develop five forest areas in the district as tourist spots. Danga forest in Balurghat, Dogachi forest, Gurail Angina and Ayra will be developed, while Gangarampur Bangar and a number of ponds in the district like Kaldighi, Mahipal Dighi, and some others in Harirampur and Kushmandi have been included in the list of places that will be given a facelift.

The administration has, meanwhile, made developed the infrastructure in all the tourist spots and has arranged for lodging facilities for tourists, it is learnt.

“The infrastructure is ready in almost all the places, but due to lack of proper information about the tourist spots in the district, the number of tourists flocking here is not satisfactory. Even the local people do not have any idea about such tourist spots existing in the district. We are trying to promote tourism in South Dinajpur,” said the Additional District Magistrate (development), Mrinmay Biswas.

According to sources at the district administration, the eco-park in the Danga forest will become functional after the panchayat elections. The tourism department has already allotted Rs 3 crore to develop the forest, while major infrastructural developments like watch towers, toilet facilities and boating on the Atryee River have already been made.

The District Magistrate, South Dinajpur, Sarad Kumar Dwivedi, said, “We are going to make people more aware of the tourist spots in the district by displaying their collages across the district. This will help inform people living in the district as well as tourists about the beauty of South Dinajpur.”