New Home Stays at 2 places in South Bengal by WBFDC
Holidays are good for health and holidaymakers today are actually searching for cost-effective stays in different parts of West Bengal. However, keeping in minds the pay scale of almost all tourist destinations, home stays have become quite famous in recent years. This is pretty helpful
West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC) has willingly taken up a pilot project for mounting homestay tourism at two places in South Bengal, in association with the state Tourism department. According to a senior official of WBFDC "We have identified five rooms at Ilambazar in Birbhum, where we will be developing home-stay facilities. The decision comes in the order of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as she is laying a lot of emphasis on home-stay tourism. The Tourism department has come up with Home-stay Policy in 2017."
The state government has selected Ilambazar for developing home-stay with the state Forest department working upon upgrading of Fossil Park that is ruling over an area of 10 hectares across villages like Jambuni, Aamkhoi and a few others in the forest area of Ilambazar. The park was badly in need of face-lift. "Once this park is renovated, it will emerge as a major tourist attraction. It has its locational advantage with the distance from Shantiniketan being less than 10 km," the official of the state Forest department added.
Very few of us know that the fossilized wood is found widely in Birbhum district and also in places like Sonamukhi in Bankura, Ausgram in East Burdwan, and Garbeta in West Midnapore to name a few. Ravinder Pall Saini, managing director of WBFDC said: "We have also sent a proposal to the state Tourism department regarding the development of home-stay in Sunderbans.".
It may be mentioned that the state Tourism department is coming up with attractive incentives for the promotion of home-stay tourism. The senior official of the state Tourism department clearly mentioned that "There will be an exemption from paying the luxury tax for three years on a reimbursement basis, as per West Bengal Incentive Scheme 2015. The payment of electricity and water will be at domestic rate. There will be an exemption from land conversion charges and property tax rate will also be as prescribed for residential purposes." The Tourism department is also supporting the home-stay owners in capacity building and skill building, so that they can run them for money and in a much professional way.