New tourism hub in Howrah! Indian Railways’ RLDA is all set to undertake the commercial development of a large railway land parcel – Salt Golah at Howrah, in the state of West Bengal. The Salt Golah site, spanning across an area of 89,032 sq m, consists of some old salt godowns as well as administrative offices in a highly dilapidated condition. The Salt Golah site is situated on a 20-metre-wide road along the Hooghly riverbank and it is a distance of 1.5 kilometres from the Howrah railway station. Moreover, according to RLDA, the site is also well connected through road and river transport. Howrah is known to be an important transportation hub and is the gateway to West Bengal’s capital, Kolkata.
According to Ved Parkash Dudeja, Vice Chairman, RLDA, the river-front location of Salt Golah, which during British times, used to be the residence and offices of the Salt Commissioner, is currently full of dilapidated buildings. The Rail Land Development Authority is aiming to establish a multitude of possibilities for modern tourism. Dudeja further said that the wide strip of 15 metres can be utilized for developing water sports. While the front of the river can be utilized for commercial ferrying activities. The RLDA Vice Chairman believes that besides putting the land to better use, the development will also boost tourism, create jobs as well as enhance prospects of investment in the region.