GUWAHATI, June 27 � The Department of Fisheries is planning to promote aquatic tourism in select areas of the State, following encouraging results from a pilot project in Guwahati.
From April onward this year, the department�s effort to draw anglers to Naag Pota Pukhuri in Pan Bazar has succeeded to a great extent, and every Sunday a large number of people have flocked to the spot.
Now the department has ambitious plans to convert more tanks in North Guwahati into aquatic tourist spots. Sanjay Sharma, a department official stated that emergence of aquatic tourism will be economically beneficial and it will also open up employment opportunities for local people.
He said that North Guwahati has several tanks which are located in scenic spots not very remote. Additionally they have the advantage of being located close to routes used by visitors to several temples.
These tanks, with some augmentation, can be transformed into lively spots which can attract the young and old alike. Apart from regular angling activities, they can be used for boating and its banks can have food courts. Moreover, such projects do not involve huge investments, and generate profit throughout the year.
�It is a value addition to an asset that is already there and young people who might not be really into pisciculture can be part of the projects,� Sarma mentioned.
Aquatic tourism has become popular in many parts of India, and with adequate support from local communities and involvement of entrepreneurs it has a chance to be a hit in Assam.