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03-04-2017: WBTDC Introduces AC Buses from Kolkata to Jaldapara
Earlier tourists had the option of break journey from Kolkata to Jaldapara directly from Kolkata, but now they won’t have. WBTDC has introduced AC bus service from Kolkata to Jaldapara operating six days a week apart except Wednesday. It will leave Esplanade at 10 AM and reach Jaldapara in the morning next day.
The same bus will leave Jaldapara at 4 pm. The bus will start operating from April 10. Also, tourists will be getting complimentary food and water while travelling in the AC bus. Tickets are available at the official website of WBTDC. There is also 10% discount for stay in Jaldapara Tourist Lodge those who take the bus.
Eco-Tourism coming up at Nayachar Island and Nandigram
Nayachar is an island in the Hooghly River, off Haldia port in Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal. This island is mainly inhabited by few fishermen. In recent times, Nayachar has come up in the public view as the new proposed site for the major chemical hub initiated by the erstwhile Left Front alliance led West Bengal Government.
To the west of Nayachar and across Hooghly river lies Nandigram, another town, where the chemical hub was supposed to be set. In a recent news, Mamta Banerjee has announced to scrap down the idea of the chemical hub and instead it will be a spot of eco-tourism in West Bengal.
Currently, Nayachar island houses around 2,500 fishermen who are making their living on the fishery. Fishery cooperatives have been established and ponds have also been dug by the fishermen to help themselves. This 54 square kilometres of land which were supposed to make a stand of a chemical hub, will no more be a chemical hub because of the environmental violations.
Thus, Mamta Banerjee has come up with a plan to set up an eco-tourism at the Nayachar island. Also, a bridge will be laid to facilitate vehicles movement between Nayachar and Nandigram across the river Hooghly. This decision came after the announcement by Mamta Banerjee to make Digha the next tourist hub of West Bengal. For Digha, a helicopter service has also been announced from Kolkata. Mamta Banerjee has announced many tourist projects in the East Midnapore district of West Bengal. Some say it is politically motivated seeing 2016 state elections nearing by.
[su_quote]My government will not allow a chemical hub either at Nayachar Island or Nandigram. We are planning to promote environment-friendly eco-tourism by setting up a Nayachar Fisheries Village, and eco-friendly industry in Nandigram to encourage development without pollution,[/su_quote]” the Chief Minister told a rally there.
Digha: Next tourist destination in West Bengal
Digha, a seaside resort city in East Midnapore district of West Bengal and at the Northern end of Bay of Bengal, is going to be the next major tourist destination of West Bengal. As far as beaches are concerned, Digha is said to have one of the finest beaches in West Bengal.
“As Railway Minister, I had started Kolkata-Digha Duranta Express. It helped in boosting tourism. The higher the footfall at Digha, the better for local people. It will help the economy. Digha has transformed in the last few years,” Mamta Banerjee, the current chief minister of West Bengal said.
It will also help local agencies to develop the local infrastructure and along with the coastal development plan. Mamta Banerjee recently launched helicopter service to Digha from Kolkata.
A ropeway will also launched at Amarbati Park in Digha for the tourists. The 150 to 200 meters long ropeway will run along the beautiful lake in the Amarabati Park of Digha. With the introduction of the ropeway, tourist will be able to see the better view of Digha and places around.
Digha is known for gentle waves and shallow seashore extending up to kilometres into the bay of Bengal. New beaches have been developed in Digha because old Digha beach have been badly eroded. There is also a plan to revamp that beach along with other travelling destinations in Digha.
Since Digha still mostly attract the local visitors from Bengal, After the Sundarbans, the plan is to focus on Digha as well. Since the beaches are still not dirty and shoreline extend far along and inside the sea, there are still chances that Digha can be remodified into a major travelling destinations by making a few changes in the beautiful city.
Plans are there to build wide roads and streets along with world-class hotels and resorts along the Digha beach with a boating facility as well.