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Darjeeling, Siliguri to get a Rs 200-crore tourism makeover


  • Tourism in the hills of Darjeeling and Siliguri is expected to get a leg up with the newly-formed Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) planning to spend more than Rs 200 crore to build tourism-related infrastructure in the area.
  • The GTA administers the Darjeeling Sadar subdivision, Kalimpong subdivision, Kurseong subdivision and parts of Siliguri.
  • The money will be spent on building hotel rooms away from the already congested hotel clusters in the main city area, as well as promoting new destinations such as Meghetars, Puttabong and Singla.
  • Meghetars, which is around 40 kilometres from Darjeeling, will get eight new cottages, while Puttabong will see a new 15-room tourist lodge. An ecofriendly resort is being planned at Singla. With these, GTA will add close to 150 rooms to the area.
  • To protect the eco-sensitive hills from pollution, GTA will operate non-polluting golf carts in parts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong, and will develop a 4-kilometre tanga road around the Barbotey Rock Garden.
  • Kolkata-based Conveyor & Ropeway Services will put up a passenger cable car between Giddapahar near Kurseong and a tourist complex at Rohini, cutting short the journey that takes 17 kilometres on road to just 4 kilometres.
  • Another location, Mulkhagra, which lies 7,400 metres above the sea level and has limited tourist access, is all set to see a Rs 15-crore makeover. The place is known for its lake that reflects Mount Kanchenjunga all through the year.

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