A parliamentary panel has stressed the need to have a regional coordination by governments of the eight north eastern states to boost tourism.
“There should be a regional coordination by governments in the eight states of the north east because no domestic tourist will come to visit only one state but it has to be circle,” Sitaram Yechury, the Chairman of parliamentary standing committee on transport, tourism and culture, told reporters last night. The committee comprising of 11 parliamentarians held review meetings with the state government and stakeholders on the tourism industry. The parliamentary would submit its recommendations to improve tourism and transport aspects of the region.
The delegation came to Meghalaya after visiting Assam and Mizoram.
“We have asked the Union Ministry of Tourism to organise a meeting in May in Shillong with Ministers from the north eastern states and to be followed by meeting with the tour operators from all states to discuss to improve tourism,” Yechury said.
He also felt that regular meetings at least once in six months should be held for two years to address the problems. Terming the North eastern states as a “big potential areas” in tourism, Yechury said the Committee has undertaken a study with an objective to understand why tourism here did not grow as it should be not only for economic benefits but also expose the richness and diversity of cultures and languages of the region to the world and the country which is also the important source for integration.
“We realized the problems of connectivity in the north east and that needs to be properly addressed. We have also called the meetings of Union Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Road Transport, Culture, Border Roads Organisation and helicopter services to discuss the issue,” he said.
He also expressed concern on the delay in the implementation of projects which are not of satisfactory as the region has been affected due to problems of bad weather
“Nearly one-half of the year, the region lost its working period and that is a big constraint,” Yechury added.