manipur tourism

IMPHAL | Sep 27: Noney district took a festive look today as the state government observed World Tourism Day at the Longmai ground. It was organised by the directorate of Tourism under the theme, ‘Tourism and Jobs: A Better Future for All.’

Chief minister, N. Biren Singh who attended the function as the chief guest said, with the construction of world’s tallest railway bridge in Noney, which has the height of 141 metres, the place has become one of the strategic locations to boost the tourism sector of the State.

With this view, the state government has chosen Noney for the celebration of world Tourism Day this year, he said.

He further stated that the state government will earmark a sum of Rs. 30 crore in the coming annual budget for development of tourist spots in all 60 assembly constituencies. Each tourist spot should be developed at a cost of around Rs. 50 lakh. Rs. 30 lakh would be borne by the state government while the remaining Rs. 20 lakh should be contributed from the Local Area Development Fund of the MLAs concerned, he maintained.

Speaking on the major developmental work to be taken up in this region, he informed that a mega world-class tourist destination would be developed at Noney to attract tourists from all over the world.

“I feel that the world’s tallest girder railway bridge being constructed by North East Frontier Railway will be an attraction to tourists. Above this, the scenic beauty, the rich cultural heritage etc., will also contribute in promoting tourism industry in this region,” he added.

Biren further said as proper road connectivity is one of the basic needs to create a tourist hub, the State government has requested the Centre to upgrade Kaiphundai-Tousem-Haflong road to the standard of a National Highway.

He stated that the future of the State largely depends on tourism sector. In the last two years, the numbers of foreign tourist have increased to a great extent. From 2018 to 2019, around 1000 foreign tourists have been coming to Manipur, he said, adding whereas it was just around 500 in 2014-15, he added.

Highlighting on various developmental works which are also being taken up in the district, the chief minister said transit accommodation for doctors and teachers and Eklavya Residential Model School are under construction.

He also instructed chief secretary, Dr. J. Suresh Babu and DCs of Tamenglong and Noney to conduct camps for enrolment of eligible needy families under CMHT, CMST and Ayushman Bharat. Urging the villagers to extend co-operation in making CM’s Green Manipur Mission a success, Biren also sought suggestion from leaders and common people regarding an alternative means to replace Jhum cultivation.

President of today’s function, Awangbow Newmai, MLA, 52-Tamei (ST) constituency said that in the last two and half years, many developments were noticed. It is due to improvement of law and order situation of the State, the people can witness such visible change, he said.

“As we all know that there was no progress in construction of Noney Bridge during the previous government. Only 30 percent was completed in last 15 years. But this present government completed the rest just within two and half years,” he said.

He continued that the present government also constructed Tamenglong drinking water purpose project with a cost of Rs. 40 crore. Besides this, various developmental works are being taken up in the region under Hill Area Development Programme, he said.

“Manipur state can be one of the most advanced states in India but it remained lagging behind for such a long period. It is high time we realise why our State is being under-developed,” he added while appealing to public to acknowledge the present government for their ability to transform the State in short span of time.

Other dignitaries who attended the function were minister CAF and PD Minister, Karam Shyam, deputy speaker, K. Robindro, deputy chairman, state planning board, S. Rajen, Planning and chairman, Development Authority, T. Robindro, chairman, Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board, H. Dingo, chairman, Tourism Corporation of Manipur Ltd (TCML) Sapam Ranjan and Yaiskul AC MLA Th. Satyabrata as guest of honour.

Many government officials also attended the function. As a part of the programme, cultural dance of various ethnic communities were also performed.

~IFP

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