The most important town located in the Darjeeling district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is a principal city for commercial, tourism, transportation, and education. These sectors of Siliguri make it one of the most famous commercial cities in West Bengal. It is the second largest city in the state of West Bengal.
Some information to know about Siliguri:State: West Bengal District: Darjeeling Population: 513,264 Area of the town: 41.90 sq km per square
History of Siliguri:Siliguri is not a very old city. It was a small village at the time of Indian Independence but the partition of the country creating Pakistan increased the importance. A large number of migrants migrated from Bangladesh to this city and within a few years, the town started to grow to be the second most important town in West Bengal after Kolkata.
How has Siliguri become a commercial hub?Tourism sector: It is flourishing into a leading tourism industry with the hosting of over 20,000 domestic and 15,000 foreign visitors making it one of the leading businesses of Siliguri. Transit sector: It has one of the best connecting networks of air, rail, and road with Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and the whole of Northeast. Education sector: Being a developing nation many schools are getting flourished with high education facility and teachers. Trading sector: Many companies are making good relations with outer countries to flourish their trade all over the world with 50 workshops at present. Due to its population growth, Siliguri is also gaining popularity in retail, hospitality and real estate industries with many hotels and real estate companies blooming in recent years for its appropriate geographical location.
Siliguri as the gateway to Northeast India:Besides being the central hub, Siliguri is also the gateway to Northeast India. It is the main stop before traveling to any of the nearby destinations in Northeast India. It connects well to the hill stations like Dooars, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong and many other places with the best roadway facilities for traveling.
Soon to become an international trade hub:Siliguri is soon on the process of increasing its trading hub into an international trade hub center in West Bengal. The project of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicles Agreement was signed in 2015 June. This project will flourish the economy of the Northeast. Others are:
- Transport will be made hassle-free
- Construction of separate corridors for cargo movement
- Warehouses, cargo handling facilities will also be introduced