Kolkata: The state Tourism department will soon commence a large-scale renovation work of around 1,000 rooms of its lodging properties across the state and upgrade them to three star categories.State Tourism minister Goutam Deb on Wednesday said the work for upgrade will start in July and work will be carried out in phases and on a rotational basis to avoid inconvenience of tourists during this time phase.”Work is expected to be completed by September before the Puja season. There will not be a complete shutdown of these lodging facilities at the time of work, Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsbut some of the facilities will remain non-functional during this period. The first phase of work will include 25 properties.” Deb said.It may be mentioned that from July to September, when renovation work will be undergoing, bookings for some lodges have to be doneoffline.The online booking will be available partially and the department will offer discount to attract tourists.In most tourist destinations, this three-month period is a lean period owing to the monsoon. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe department has plans of installing kiosks in the lobbies of the lodging facilities, while handicrafts from the Micro Small and Medium enterprises (MSME) will be on display for sale including processed food items depending on the demographical location of the lodges.”In forest areas or some hill destinations, the tourists have to remain indoor as they hardly have activities after a certain point of time. We will be promoting cultural programmes highlighting the folk culture to entertain the tourists in these lodges,” a senior official said.The minister further added that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had handed over the responsibility to undertake development work of the Pathasathi shelters.A senior Tourism department official maintained that there may be a slight rise in the tariff after the rooms are refurbished but the facilities the tourists will be getting will be the best.