CM moots tourist spot in all ACs, vows Noney facelift
NONEY, 27th Sep: As the state joined the rest of the world in celebrating 39th World Tourism Day on Friday, chief minister N Biren has announced the government’s plan to develop at least one tourist spot in each of the 60 assembly constituencies of the state in order to boost the tourism sector.
The state level observance organised by tourism department was held at Longmai Common Ground in Noney district with chief minister N Biren as chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, the CM announced that a world-class tourist destination would be developed at Noney to attract tourists from all over the world to witness the world's tallest girder railway bridge (141 metres) being constructed by North East Frontier Railway across the valley of river Ijei. He also informed the gathering that in the recent NEC meeting with Amit Shah, the union home minister had advised him to give priority in tourism sector.
Biren also announced that required funds for development of one tourist spot each in all the 60 assembly segments of the state would be included in the next budget. In urban areas, such tourist sites would be developed in the form of cafeterias or eating joints while in rural and hill areas, scenic tourist place cum home stay would be developed.
Informing that each tourist spot would cost around Rs 50 lakh, Biren stated that 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. Even individual who has land can develop tourism home spots in about 5 acres of land and that the government will be there to support them. He however said that people should be willing to donate their land if the government wants to take up developmental projects in the area.
Maintaining that tourism sector is the future of Manipur, and it has the potential to provide employment to thousands of people, the CM said that this project must be implemented with utmost dedication and sincerity.
Observing that improvement of road condition is a must to promote Manipur as a tourist-friendly state, Biren said that the state government had requested the Centre to upgrade Kaiphundai-Tousem-Haflong road to the standard of National Highway. He also expressed happiness that villagers are ready to donate land for broadening the road for the project. The CM also mentioned about the need for development of memorial sites of Rani Gaidinliu and Haipou Jadonang as tourist places.
Regarding helicopter service, N Biren said that another helicopter service connecting different interior areas with the state capital under Centre's UDAN scheme would be launched soon in addition to the existing service run by Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd.
Stating that the state government had brought many visible developmental changes in the past two and a half years, the CM said that GDP has grown from 3.77 per cent to about 8 per cent in 2018. The state revenue has also increased from Rs 500 crore in 2015-2016 to Rs 1000 crore in 2018-19. This was possible because of the public support and peace that the BJP government brought. Development projects like Barak and Makru bridges and Noney railway bridge are progressing rapidly. The government is practical and not just rhetoric as the people can see for themselves the progress made in Tamenglong like the market being constructed and transport infrastructure being developed.
The CM asked the DCs concerned to hold meetings regularly with village leaders to make them aware about completed works and upcoming projects through PowerPoint presentations.
Informing that Tamenglong and Noney districts had received an additional fund of Rs 90 crore under Hill Area Development Programme, Biren said that 10 works under the programme are being executed in Noney district. Various other developmental works including transit accommodation for doctors and teachers, and Eklavya Residential School (Rs 24 crore budget) are also being taken up in the district, the CM said.
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 to Jhum cultivation.
Tamei MLA Awangbou Newmai presided over the function which was also attended by CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam, deputy speaker K Robindro, state planning board deputy chairman MLA S Rajen, PDA chairman MLA T Robindro, Manipur Building and Other Construction Workers' Welfare Board chairman MLA H Dingo, Tourism Corporation of Manipur Ltd (TCML) chairman MLA Dr Sapam Ranjan, Yaiskul MLA Th Satyabrata, Manipur State Disaster Management Authority vice-chairperson Adim Pamei, chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu and DGP LM Khaute.
Around 1500 people from across the state took part in the event. Various cultural programmes were performed by artistes both from hills and valley.
Biren also led other dignitaries in visiting the stalls opened at the function venue in connection with the celebration. Later, the CM inspected the site, where DC Office Complex, Noney would be constructed at Noney Part-I.
Earlier in the morning, the CM and his entourage were accorded a warm welcome by large number of people singing traditional song and presenting welcome dances on their arrival at Noney. Scores of people including school children, men and women clad in traditional attires stood in long lines on both sides of the road to welcome the CM and his team. Presentation of mesmerising colourful cultural items was another highlight of the state level celebration.