The present government in West Bengal, headed by Mamata Banerjee aims to become a preferred tourism and tourism-related investment destination by leveraging its unique geographical setting along with its various tourism related assets. The State is taking steps to develop necessary infrastructure and promote tourism in an integrated manner which will not only bring in more investment and further the socio-economic goals of the Government.
In a major development, the State’s Department of Tourism (DoT) has invited financial bids from interested parties for the setting up of a culinary institute on a seven acre plot of land at Barjora in Bankura district of the state. The proposed site is 12.5 kms from Durgapur Railway Station, the major rail-head in the region and the Bengal Aerothropolis at Andal is just 36 km from the project site.
According to a senior tourism department official, “The culinary institute being planned at Barjora will be a state-of-the-art culinary institute featuring all the facilities required to develop a top notch chef. The institute will have facilities and services complying with the finest culinary institutes in the world.”
The DoT intends to select a private developer for design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance for the proposed site in terms of the specifications and performance standards as set out in the bid document and the concession agreement through a transparent and competitive single stage bidding process. The preferred bidder shall form a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for implementation of the project as per the provisions of the agreement.
At the proposed institute, the facilities would range from theoretical classrooms, practical teaching labs, fine culinary arts lab, administrative section along with a top-notch multi-cuisine restaurant with an international standard bakery. The site is to be planned as an Institute of Hotel Management as per AICTE guidelines. The proposed institute is likely to offer Diploma courses in food technology, hotel management and catering technology and short term diploma courses in food production. The cost of the project development is estimated to be around INR nine crore. International consultancy firm, Knight Frank has been selected as the consultant for the project.
Commenting on the development to Express TravelWorld, the senior official said, “We had invited financial bids from private players for setting up the proposed institute but we are not satisfied with the response we have received so far for the initial offer, so we are planning to re-invite fresh bids from interested private parties soon.”