State govt starts promoting Malda

Dooars to catch hill-bound tourists
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EOI CORRESPONDENT
MALDA
8 Jul 2017

Taking the recent unrest in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts into consideration, the Trinamool Congress run state government is now planning to vigorously promoting other tourist destinations in the state not properly highlighted so far. Along with picturesque Dooars, the state government is keen to promote religious and history-tourism of Malda, said state tourism minister Gautam Deb while inaugurating a two-day long mango and tourism festival here today.
“Malda is synonymous with mangoes. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has already taken initiatives to promote mangoes of Malda to international markets. Mangoes are being exported to Dubai and other Arabian countries. The state government is sending mangoes to European Union countries also,” Deb said. 100 varieties of mangoes and mango-products were displayed in the festival.
“Along with mangoes, Malda has famous spots like Gour, Ramkeli, Adina, Pandua and Jagjibanpur which could be popular tourist destinations. Recent untoward incidents in hill regions of the state may be a turn-off for the tourists. As an alternative we would encourage them to visit Malda and Dooars,” tourism minister said.
He did not suppress his apprehension that even during the ensuing festive seasons the tourists refuse to visit hills. So, the state government is in hurry to promote the tourism in Malda and other districts in North and Central Bengal as understood from the minister’s gestures today.
Soon after inaugurating the mango festival Gautam Deb rushed to different spots in Gour and surrounding areas. He visited Lukochuri Darwaja, Madammohan Mandir in Ramkeli and Sagar Dighi to peruse the tourism infrastructures there. Kaushik Bhattacharya, DM, Malda, ADMs R Vimla, Malay Mukherjee and Debatosh Mandal and other officials of district administrations accompanied him.
Meanwhile, Eastern Himalaya Travel & Tour Operators’ Association (EHTTOA) has welcomed the state government’s move to promote Malda, Dooars and other tourist spots in the state.
Samrat Sanyal, EHTTOA president said, “Murshidabad, Malda, Cooch Behar and Dooars have variety of interesting spots which would surely not fail to attract tourists. The state government’s initiative is indeed a welcome one. Generally the tourists favour Darjeeling, Midnapore and 24 Paraganas for hill, beach and forest. Now, if cultural, heritage, religious and ethnic tourisms are promoted, we would attract tourists even from abroad.”