Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the rich heritage of the country will be presented before the world. The country’s history, written after independence, has ignored various facets and it is not what we read or write for examinations. “ we want to show the world our country’s heritage, to make India a hub of heritage tourism”, added PM Modi, as tradition and tourism have a direct link to our culture.
After unveiling a statue at Old Currency Building in Kolkata, the PM of India added that it has been decided that five iconic museums of the country will be made to fit international standards, starting with the Biplobi Bharat museum in Kolkata, in which Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Aurobindo Ghosh, Rash Bihari Bose, Khudiram Bose, Deshbandhu, Bagha Jatin, Binjoy, Badal, Dinesh, every such great freedom fighter should be given a place.
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With the renovation work to modernise the four iconic galleries of Kolkata, including Belvedere House, Old Currency Building, Victoria Memorial, having been completed, PM Modi added: “Our efforts are in the direction to convert Belvedere House into a Museum of the World”. The centre is also promoting water tourism by undertaking riverfront development and setting a target of increasing the number of cruise ships in the country to 1000.
The Centre believes these efforts will benefit the people of West Bengal.
Similarly, the central government is promoting cruise-based tourism, raising the number of cruise ships to 1000 from around 150 in the country. The government has also started investing in needed infrastructure for aquariums, water parks, sea museums and cruises in cities and clusters connected to ports as part of its riverfront development programme. Such tourism in West Bengal will get a boost from the riverfront development scheme.
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The Prime Minister also said the benefits of expanding cruise tourism will also go to the people of Bengal and the island dwellers in the Bay of Bengal, further adding that “ when comfortable facilities are created over 32 acres of land for a view of the Ganges, the tourists will definitely benefit”.