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BJP urges to launch tourism initiatives in Arunachal
Published on 28 Nov. 2009 10:56 PM IST
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The BJP state unit has urged the government to accord top priority on infrastructure development in the tourism sector which the party feels would be a money spinner for the state. According to a UNI report, BJP spokesman Tai Tagak in a communiqu here today suggested that the government should create a tourism infrastructure at par with world class tourist destinations by improving road communication, franchising hotels and tourist lodges, improved transport systems, flight facilities and helicopter services to the remote parts of the state besides developing adventure sports like trekking, rock climbing and ropeways. “The government should make sufficient budgetary allocations to spruce up and renovate the heritage sites for posterity and tourist attraction,’’ the party said. The party felt the setting up of National Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports (NIMAS) in Dirang would go a long way in generating employment avenues. ‘’The harnessing of our rich adventure sites in parts of the state and encouraging the young generation to undertake trips to bio-diversity hot spots will help protect our people from the hazards of dreaded diseases,’’ Mr Tagk observed. The party pointed out that various archaeological sites that bear testimony to the rich ancient heritage were lying in a state of neglect. ‘’The ancient caves and historical sites need to be preserved. The ancient sites that speak volumes of the bygone era are being encroached upon. The government should make sufficient budgetary allocation to spruce up and renovate the sites for posterity,’’ the party sources felt. “The government should encourage entrepreneurial weaving and looming,’’ the BJP said, adding the government should also initiate policies to mobilise resources and encourage students to wear indigenous dresses at least once a week. Apart from promoting the local tribal culture, the BJP said, it would give an impetus to the rural handloom sector to generate employment opportunities for local weavers and artisans. Meanwhile, the BJP called for opening up of border trade with neighbouring China through Bumla, Taksing, Mechukha, Gelling and Walong besides restoring trade links through historic Stilwell road connecting Myanmar with Changlang district and extending it to Malaysia for strengthening the economy of the state. ‘’With resources being flooded from the Centre besides outsourcing from financial agencies, the government should properly utilize it for immediate opening up of border trades,’’ the party suggested. Citing Arunachal’s cultural affinity with the Bhutanese, the party further urged the government to establish traditional trade relations with the country, the communique added.

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