Despite Kurseong being part of the world-famous tourist destination of Darjeeling, it lags far behind as a tourist hotspot. However, with the GTA taking a number of initiatives to develop tourism in and around Kurseong, the place will soon be included in the tourism map of Darjeeling.
To woo tourists by developing Kurseong’s tourism potential, several projects planned earlier have already kick-started and are expected to be completed within two years.
GTA executive member Anit Thapa from Kurseong, who is chief of the Minority Welfare and P.H.E. Department, said he has been labouring hard to bring Kurseong under the tourism map of Darjeeling and for this, several projects of note have already been initiated and started.
Two major projects underway are the Giddhay Pahar – Rohini ropeway and a Water Kingdom at Beltar Tea Estate below Tung. Thapa said Kurseong is still backward in terms of tourism in spite of being a beautiful town.
He said, “Others too tried to develop the town’s tourism potential, but were unsuccessful. However, ever since the GTA became functional, we have been trying our level best to enhance Kurseong’s potential. As part of our initiative to develop the region, two projects are already in the construction phase.”
According to Thapa, the projects are massive ones and run into crores of rupees. He also said there are also several other projects in the pipeline, “which we believe, will ultimately benefit the people of the region”.
Notably, being one of the largest towns dotting the Darjeeling hills and being closest to the plains, Kurseong has ample scope of receiving more tourist numbers compared to Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Mirik. (EOIC)