Image of Mother Teresa
Keeping in mind that a large number of tourists from the country and abroad may visit the Kolkata city to see places associated with Mother Teresa, West Bengal Tourism Department is planning to promote them on its website.
‘Several tourists both from other states and foreign lands visit the city and the state to see places which are related to Mother Teresa. And after Sunday's canonisation programme, their footfall will go up. We are planning to make arrangements for them so that they have a great experience here,’ Tourism Minister of the eastern India’s state Gautam Deb said on Friday (Sept 2).
These places closely related to Teresa's life and her works would be put on the state tourism website to help tourists have an idea about them and they can pre-plan their itinerary, the minister said.
"This is our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's idea. She is keen for the beautification of the places with which Mother Teresa was closely related. Our website will incorporate these places (related to Mother Teresa)," Deb said.
Banerjee had recently held a meeting with officials from Tourism Department where Deb was also present.
Places in the city closely associated with Mother Teresa include Mother House, where the Catholic nun first lived in Kolkata, one convent on the Elliot Road and the church in Darjeeling she attended in the 1950s, he said.
The state also has plans to create a tourism circuit over 40 places of interest in the city and the state connected with Mother Teresa, Deb said.
About the beautification process, the tourism minister said consultation with architects were taken and the process would soon initiate.
"Our officials along with architects have visited all those places and are planning on the beautification process of these places. Hopefully the entire process will be over by next March," Deb said.
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