Kolkata: Mou Chakraborty,In life she cared for the state’s destitute. After death and canonisation, she will hopefully boost the state’s tourism. The
Mamata Banerjee administration will utilise the elevation of Mother Teresa to sainthood to attract more foreign tourists to Kolkata, the city where she lived and worked for nearly five decades.
The tourism department has drawn up a plan to promote on the website spots in the city and the state with which Mother Teresa was intimately associated. Tourists can book their visits to these spots that will include the Mother House, the house where she first lived in Kolkata, a convent on Eliot Road, the church in Darjeeling where she went in the fifties.
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“After Sunday’s canonisation programme, we expect an increased flow of foreign tourists to the state. We will make arrangements so that they have a hassle-free experience,” said tourism minister Gautam Deb.
This church in Dum Dum Cantonment will be renamed after ‘Saint Teresa of Calcutta’ after Sunday’s canonisation. (Prateek Chowdhury)
Deb also said that efforts are on to tag the web promotion with the Incredible India campaign at the national and international level to maximise its reach. The state tourism department’s website is also being revamped and Mother Teresa’s spots will feature prominently in the new avatar.
The minister said, the government will also try to create a tourism circuit on Mother Teresa where over 40 places of interest in Kolkata and all over Bengal will be included.
The tourism minister will discuss the matter threadbare with the chief minister once she returns from her trip to the Vatican.
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Over the past few decades, Mother Teresa and her work has remained a major draw to most foreign tourists who come to Kolkata. Many of them turn up at the building of the Missionaries of Charity at Entally.
Trademark sarees for the sisters of Missionaries Of Charity are woven at Gandhi Prem Nivas in Titagarh, about 20 kms from Kolkata. Cured leprosy patients work here. (Subhendu Ghosh)
In fact, down the years foreign nationals from all over the world have taken babies for adoption from Missionaries of Charity. (However, from 2015 they have stopped giving babies for adoption over differences with the new adoption policy of the Centre.)
“The tourism department will try to ensure the experience of those who come from abroad be smooth. This will also provide us with an opportunity to attract these tourists to other spots of interest all over the state,” said the tourism minister.