January 4, 2019
State Govt opens 15 more eco-tourism centres, taking total to 34
The West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC) has taken a slew of measures for the development of eco-tourism in the State. From January 2019, 15 more eco-tourism centres spread across the State are being opened up. Bookings can be made through the existing booking site.
The organisation has chalked out an elaborate plan to promote eco-tourism and give a major overhaul to infrastructure development at all the eco-resorts.
The WBFDC currently runs eco-tourism resorts in 19 locations, of which 13 are located in north Bengal and six in south Bengal.
In north Bengal, the WBFDC has nature resorts in Jaldhaka, Murti, Paren, Rasikbil, Suntalekhola, Loleygaon, Lava, Kalimpong, Mongpong, Samsing, Barodabri, Rajabhatkhawa and Lepchajagat, while in south Bengal, it has resorts in Garpanchakot, Mukutmanipur, Jhargram, Lodhashuli, Tajpur and Garchumuk.
The 15 new properties where bookings will be accepted from January are located in Hatibari in Jhargram district, Susunia in Bankura district, Chatakpur in Darjeeling district, Panjhore (under Gorumara National Park) in Jalpaiguri district, Mendabari (under Jaldapara National Park) and Nemati (under Buxa Tiger Reserve) in Alipurduar district, Bonnie Camp (in the Sundarbans) in South 24 Parganas district and at eight more locations.
The WBFDC, in coordination with the Tourism Department, is also working on developing homestay tourism in the State. The WBFDC is taking up thematic development of various sites. It will set up watchtowers for tourists wherever there will be availability of space.
Source: Millennium Post