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Calcutta, June 12: Tourism minister Bratya Basu today said in the Assembly lobby that the government planned to ply roofless double-decker buses between Jalpaiguri and Malbazar for tourist joy rides.

Basu, recently shifted from the education to the tourism department, presented his first budget in the House today.

After the budget, Basu said that a tree houses in Gorumara would be renovated and a new one would be made in Rilabari. “We will develop more tree houses in different parts of the state. I have included the setting up of nature interpretation centres, including one at Tilabari and Jainti in Jalpaiguri district (in the budget),” Basu said.

Basu said the Kulik bird sanctuary would be improved. In South Dinajpur, Gourdighi and Tapandighi would be developed as tourist spots.

The state would spend Rs 100 crore to develop infrastructure for a mega-tourism project in Gazoledoba, he said.