JOY ROY CHOUDHURY – Kolkata
After assuming office, the newly set up Gorkhaland Territorial Administration(GTA) has decided to focus on improving and creation of the tourism infrastructure of the Darjeeling hills. The Executive Committee which met in Darjeeling recently under the chairmanship of Bimal Gurung, chief executive of the board, discussed several measures to restore Darjeeling to its past glory. One of the important issues that was focused upon was turning the liabilities in tourism into an asset for revenue generation and drawing a blueprint to boost tourism. “A team of GTA members will shortly meet the governor of West Bengal, the chief minister and also the central government. We will request them after assessing the situation we are in right now and the development work that needs to be done. We will ask for whatever help we need from them in terms of overall development of the hills,” said Gurung.