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Published on : Dec 31, 2014

As a step to promote eco-tourism and sustainable development of cities, West Bengal plans to set up a bird sanctuary in Kolkata. The planned sanctuary will be similar to Jurong Bird Park in Singapore. The West Bengal government believes this move will make it one of the top five tourist choices in India.

West Bengal has started working on building eco-tourism hubs at its Dooars region, the coastal region of Hooghly, and at Sunderbans. The government has also announced setting up of an advisory board to see these developments to an optimistic end. West Bengal government is banking on the largest mangrove, Sunderbans, to be the most popular tourist attraction in the coming years.

The advisory board will be headed by Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee and it will work towards facilitating and implementing the proposals in ways that nurture the environment. Bratya Basu, Tourism Minister stated striking a balance between nature and industrial development with eco-friendly practices are the two topmost priorities. He further added that the government or the industrialists do not intend to disturb the nature at the cost of progress. 

Work on these projects has already begun at Jharkhali in Sunderbans. The Sunderban tourism department is designing a roadmap to address the aforementioned priorities. Mamta Banerjee has already launched a INR 400 crore plan to encourage the tourism infrastructure in Jharkhali areas. The model will operate on public private partnerships.

Jharkali is one of the entry points to Sunderbans and also home to the Royal Bengal Tiger who are now endangered. The proposed plan intends to start eco-tourism hotels and parks for tourists.