ITANAGAR, April 17 � Union Minister Mahesh Sharma today announced to develop Arunachal Pradesh as the tourism hub of the Northeastern region by using its rich cultural diversity.
Sharma, who arrived at the State capital on a two-day maiden visit along with Union MoS (Home) Kiren Rijiju, earlier inspected a DoNER Ministry-funded tourism project at Tippi in West Kameng district near Bhalukpong.
The Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (Independent charge) & Civil Aviation also reviewed various ongoing projects at a high level meeting with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
Pointing out that connectivity was the greatest bottleneck in developing the State�s tourism, he announced to fast track the construction of green field airport at Hollongi here and ongoing Tezu advanced landing ground to facilitate flying of fixed-wing aircraft besides developing a helicopter hub at Guwahati for improving air link to the land-locked hilly State before announcing a slew of tourism projects to woo global tourists.
The schemes included Rs 50 crore for developing Bhalukpong-Bomdila-Tawang-Nafra Valley tourism sector. Sharma also announced another such institute for the State to train, particularly the women under the Centre�s Hunar se Rozgar Tak scheme.
Realising the State�s cultural strength, particularly the famous Parshuram Kund and Buddhist pilgrimages, vast natural beauty including flora and fauna, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced Rs 100 crore Swadesh Darshan Yojana, he said, adding, all schemes would be implemented on mission mode with speedy clearance of files and release of fund without any hindrance.
He said the Prime Minister has already announced mission for cleanliness, security and hospitality for targeting one per cent global tourism share within the next two years for which Arunachal would be taken to a new height to achieve the goal.
The tourists would be offered a package in collaboration with the Hotel Association of India including subsidised helicopter fare as suggested by State�s Civil Aviation Minister Thangwang Wangham, he said.
Rijiju lauded the Minister for sanctioning one of the five mega-tourism projects to the NE at his initiative and said that the State would remain dependant on helicopter service because of its topography for which hub will be developed at Guwahati and another at Naharlagun or other suitable location. � PTI