Two years after his death, the leader of the longestserving government of the world, Jyoti Basu, is all set to become a brand ambassador for the tourism industry of Bangladesh.
To attract leisure travellers from Epar Bangla, the Bangladesh government has decided to convert the ancestral residence of the former West Bengal chief minister into a museumcum-library and renovate it into a state-of-the art tourist spot.
"Since Jyotibabu's death in January 2010, there has been a huge influx of tourists to his ancestral home at Barodi. This has prompted our government to convert the building into a library-cum-museum and renovate the place into a tourist spot. We want tourists to see for themselves the ancestral home of the great Bengali leader," AKM Rafiqul Islam, head of the marketing department of the Bangladesh Tourism Board, told HT.
While the ministry of culture has been entrusted the job of renovating the building, the tourism department is trying to make the location tourist-friendly for visitors from India and abroad.
"Close to 100,000 people visit this place annually. The number has increased after Basu's death. Now, even tourists from other countries want to visit his home. Their enthusiasm has inspired us to draw up a blueprint and the project is expected to be competed by early-2013," Islam added.
The 2-storey house is located on 2.04 acres in the nondescript hamlet of Chowdhury Para, in Barodi Parganas of Sonargaon sub-division. There are two rooms and a public meeting place on the ground floor, and on the first, there are three rooms, including a drawing room. Basu's father, Nishikanata Basu, zamindar of Chowdhury Para, owned the building.