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North plans of Ambuja – Resort in Makaibari

Posted by Ramesh Khati on June 27, 2009

Neotia (first from left) and Ambuja officials in front of the under-construction City Centre in Siliguri.

Neotia (first from left) and Ambuja officials in front of the under-construction City Centre in Siliguri.

Siliguri, June 26: The Bengal Ambuja group will start work on its tourism project on the Makaibari Tea Estate near Kurseong by the end of this year, but the construction of a resort in Lataguri will be reviewed because of the present political situation in the Dooars.

Giving details of the group’ s business ventures in north Bengal, Harsh Neotia, the managing director of Bengal Ambuja, said last evening that a deal had been finalised with the Makaibari management. “But we are yet to receive the lease. We are aware of the situation in the hills, but we will proceed with the project.”

Neotia was on a visit to Uttarayon, the township built by Ambuja Realty in Matigara near here.

The resort at Makaibari will cater for domestic and international tourists, with the globally-known Makaibari brand and the idyllic location forming the USP, he said.

“In Lataguri, the land for the resort is not a problem and we hope that construction can start by the end of this year. However, given the recent incidents, we would prefer to review the state of affairs in the region before launching the project,” said Neotia.

He was alluding to the movement launched by the Adivasis in the Dooars against the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, which has been spearheading a movement for a separate state.

The Ambuja boss said Rs 100 crore would be invested in tourism sector in north Bengal. The Makaibari and Lataguri projects will entail a spending of Rs 25 crore.

Neotia also inaugurated Utsav, a ceremony hall near the restaurant in the 400-acre township of Uttarayon. The hall, which the authorities said, is a thematic representation of the art and culture of north Bengal and Northeast and will be a centre for cultural activities and musical evenings. The hall will be let out for parties, marriages and other events.

“We are also constructing a shopping mall, modelled on City Centre at Salt Lake in Calcutta, on a 10-acre plot just outside the township and it will have a four-screen multiplex with a total capacity of 1,000,” said Neotia.

Source: The Telegraph

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