The State Tourism Department of West Bengal is all set to transform the well-known historical towns of Bengal into heritage cities.
Cooch Behar, with its royal palace and the famous lake, Lal Dighi, with its cultural heritage linked to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu are the two cities which are primarily chosen for the transformation.
The State Government has appointed IIT Kharagpur (for Cooch Behar) and IIEST Shibpur (for Nabadwip) to prepare detailed project reports. The refurbishing and modification of the tourist sites and amenities would be taken up based on the conclusions of the report.
Work is expected to begin towards the end of this year. Among the areas to be looked into are the electricity and sewage systems of the places. Similar steps would be taken up gradually for the other famous places in the state.