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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

BSF May Be Deployed to Ensure Security for Tourists and Picnic Goers in Gour

MALDA, 17 DEC: The state tourism department is going to beef up security in Gour, one of the key tourist spots of the state which is very proximate to Indo-Bangla border. Along with police, border security force (BSF) authorities would also be requested to play an active role in ensuring the security of the tourists as well as the picnic parties who throng the area particularly in winter.

State tourism minister Krishnendu Choudhury has taken up several projects to highlight and promote long neglected tourist spots in Malda. There are several historical monuments in the district which, if properly promoted, may attract innumerable tourists including foreigners resulting in generation of considerable revenue for the state, Mr Choudhury said.

Tourism minister Krishnendu Choudhury
However, security in such historical tourist spots, particularly at Gour, has always been a concern for the tourists. Being located at a very close distance from India – Bangladesh border, Gour often turned into a battlefield as free movement of the goons could not be prevented completely.

Particularly in the winter when huge number of people chooses Gour as a convenient picnic spot, such unrest becomes regular. Hence, the picnic lovers do not prefer Gour as a picnic spot in most cases. In addition dearth of proper drinking water is another problem for the tourists in Gour.

“We have seriously considered such issues particularly the security issue of Gour. As it is located in border area, we have planned to seek help from the BSF to patrol in the area particularly in the winter when there is a huge rush in Gour. We would son speak to the BSF authorities in this regard,” Mr Choudhury said.

He added, “In addition police patrolling would also continue. We want to provide comprehensive security to the tourists as well as the picnic goers. This would be initially done in winter which could be extended later.”

“Besides, we would take measures so that the dearth of drinking water can be overcome son. There would lavatories and bathrooms also for tourists,” he added.

Commandant of the BSF, Malda frontier Srimadhukar said, “Gour is close to the India-Bangladesh border. We already maintain a vigil there. If such proposal comes from the tourism department, we would take it up with the higher officials.” “We also want to ensure perfect security there,” he added.

SP, Malda Jayanta Pal said, “We are going to introduce tourist policing in Gour from 25 December. We are ready to take care of the security of the tourists and picnic parties.” “If BSF also joins us, we would discuss how the security issue can be sorted out jointly,” Mr Pal said. Assuring that there would adequate police arrangements in Gour this time, he said, “We are maintaining vigil for maintaining law and order there.”

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