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UN to study heritage sites in West Bengal

Posted on Feb 05, 02:55PM | UNI

Kolkata, Feb 4 : A United Nations team arrives Kolkata on February 6 to study the heritage sites before restoration.

'A team of United Nation's World Tourism Organisation is coming here on Wednesday to study the sites proposed by the state Government for restoration,' West Bengal Tourism Department Principal Secretary Vikram Sen told reporters.

Heritage sites at Murshidabad district, Jhargram in West Midnapore district and Mahishadal in Hooghly district are among places proposed by the state Government, he said.

Mr Sen said attempts were being made to tap the huge potential of heritage and cultural tourism of West Bengal.

In addition to the existing heritage sites, several archaeological sites had recently been discovered at Govardhanpur in West Midnapore district and in Malda, Mr Sen said.

The state government had also requested Neemrana Group, to consider some of the heritage buildings to be restored and converted into hotels, he said.

'The Neemrana Group is restoring a Dutch building in Chinsurah to turn it to a hotel. We are providing them administrative support. We have also asked them to also consider sites identified by us,' Sen said.