EOI, SILIGURI, 5 Mar 2017: North Bengal, which is endowed with nature's bounties, could emerge as one of the most preferred tourism hubs in the country, noted defence minister Manohar Parrikar today while interacting with representatives of the Confederation of Indian Industry. Parrikar was accompanied by S S Ahluwalia, the MP from Darjeeling and minister of state for Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare and Parliamentary Affairs. The CII team was led by Anand Mittal, the vice chairman of the CII North Bengal Zonal Council.
"Not only is the region surrounded by countries such as Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, it also serves as a corridor to the North East of India, Bihar and South Asia," said the minister, adding development of Bagdogra airport will play a very important role in the development of the region as a whole.
The Centre will do everything to upgrade the airport, the minister told the CII delegation.
Parrikar also said the Centre has already laid special focus on north Bengal the strategic location of which is immense. "Bagdogra airport will play a very important role in the overall development of the region,” he said.
Ahluwalia asked the CII team to prepare a report on infrastructure development and investment in north Bengal.