Kolkata: The State Transport Department has decided to overhaul the bus connectivity in Jangalmahal. This is the latest of the many services that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has brought to the region, as a result of which the people of the region are in a much better state than during the Left Front years. She even created the district of Jhargram to better target developmental work.
Jhargram, Silda, Belpahari, Nayagram, Binpur, Jamboni, Jhalda, Baghmundi and Balarampur will be part of the new service structure. The first six places are in Jhargram district while the other three are in Purulia district. The Transport Department will spend Rs 12 crore to overhaul the structure.
New bus routes will be opened from Esplanade to Jamboni, Silda, Belpahari, Baghmundi, Jhalda and Balarampur.
A new bus terminus will come up near Jhargram town, and new bus services will be introduced between it and various places in the Jangalmahal region, and also Kolkata. A night shelter will also come up at this bus stand. After being made the district headquarters of Jhargram district, the place has become a very busy one. New bus terminuses will come up in Silda, Belpahari and Nayagram.
Besides for benefitting the regional populace, these new services are also aimed at enabling more tourist activities. In recent years, the State Government has been developing the region into a major tourist hub. The mostly forested Jangalmahal has a lot of tourist potential, and an effective transport system is a must for tourism to flourish. The government has constructed many guest houses and bungalows, and has modernised many of the guest houses belonging to the Forest Department. Home stay tourism is another area that the State Government has been laying a lot of stress on.