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19 June 2011

Raktima Bose, Kolkata:

Highlighting the untapped tourism potential of vast stretches of forest area in the three south-western districts of West Bengal, commonly known as Jangal Mahal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday urged investors to shed fear of adverse law and order situation in the region and set up tourism infrastructure.

Ms. Banerjee's appeal, interestingly, coincided with the second anniversary of the anti-Maoist operations carried out by Central forces that began on the same day in 2009.

During an interactive session with industrialists, the Chief Minister said that the State is uniquely endowed with nature's richest gifts of Himalayan peaks, seas, jungle and the Sundarbans. Its geographical position provides it with several locations that could be developed to attract tourists, she said.

Referring to the Jangal Mahal region, Ms. Banerjee said the area is rich in mineral wealth even as it holds a tremendous potential to emerge as a tourist hub.

“The Ayodhya Hill, Joypur hill, Barjora Mukutmanipur and Purulia are some of the places that could be conveniently turned into tourist destinations by developing a proper infrastructure. I would request you to do a survey on this subject and come up with concrete proposals on which the government can work,” she said.

While questions are being raised about the prevailing law and order problem in the region due to Maoist activities, Ms. Banerjee said: “There is a law and order problem but the people there are good. Do not be scared and try to give it a shot.”