Siliguri: West Bengal tourism department is exploring options to frame laws to ensure stakeholders of the industry as well as tourists adhere to the state’s tourism policy.
It is a general complain for all tourists about irregularities in transport fare, hotel bookings and other issues when they visit Darjeeling hills and the Dooars for holidays. Thus Officials of the department have started consulting the state law department on the issue and also brought it to the notice of chief minister Mamata Banerjee for her assent.
State tourism minister Gautam Deb admitted that his department has mooted the proposal. “At present, we are in process of framing policy for the state tourism industry and also exploring possibilities of having a law enacted for the sector. It would help implement the policy and its guidelines in an appropriate manner,” he said.
“We are developing the policy with focus on different segments. But at the same time, we should have legal authority to take steps against any stakeholder who will violate the policy and provisions of the proposed law. It would also help develop tourism in a planned manner,” Deb added.