Develop Imphal as tourist destination: Mnp Gov

Develop Imphal as tourist destination: Mnp Gov
Manipur Governor dedicating Development of NE Circuit Imphal and Khongjom developed under Swadesh Darshan Scheme in Imphal on Tuesday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 14 | Publish Date: 8/14/2018 12:49:41 PM IST

Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla dedicated, ‘Development of North East Circuit: Imphal and Khongjom’  to the people on Tuesday in the presence of state chief minister N Biren Singh and Union minister of state for tourism (Independent Charge), KJ Alphons at historic Kangla Fort.

Speaking at the occasion, Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla maintained that thousands of tourist visit France to witness the war memorials of the Western Front every year. She observed that similar number of tourists would also come to Imphal if the Government develops the capital city of Imphal as a tourist destination.

Swadesh Darshan (tour of country) scheme is one of the flagship schemes of the Ministry of Tourism for development of thematic circuits in the country in a planned and prioritised manner.

The project which covers two sites – Kangla Fort in Imphal and Khongjom – was taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 72.22 crore under the Union Ministry of Tourism.

In the World War-II, two fiercest and significant battles were fought – one in the Western Front i.e. in France where Hitler was defeated and another in the Eastern Front i.e. in Imphal/Kohima, she said. Moreover, Indian Army flag was hoisted for the first time on the Indian soil at Moirang during World War-II.

The Governor also said that she had written to the Prime Minister to include Imphal in the list of iconic cities of the country. “There could be no other city in the country having so much of historical and cultural importance and many sporting talents,” she justified.

In terms of connectivity, Heptulla said that several airline companies had introduced direct flights between Imphal and New Delhi.

In his address, chief minister N Biren Singh appealed to the people of the state for creating an environment conducive for the growth of tourism sector. Stating that there is a strong need to realize that tourism is one sector which could be heavily relied on to boost state’s economy, Singh said that development of tourism would also generate employment and create better livelihoods for the people.

He added that the state government had submitted new proposals for potential projects which can be taken up under Swadesh Darshan 2018-19.  These include development of infrastructure for Eco and Ethnic Park at Loktak Lake, adventure sports and eco-tourism at Mapithel and eco-tourism facilities at Sadu Chiru-Kangmong-Kanto.

Union minister of state for tourism KJ Alphons said that the Northeast has been neglected for a pretty long time. “However, the Northeast states and particularly Manipur is finally taking off towards development with the coming of new governments at the Centre and the state,” he said.

The Union minister said that the Centre was ever ready to sanction funds for good projects. He expressed hope that the newly inaugurated project would attract huge number of visitors to the State generating lots of revenue and income.

Stating that 2017 was a very good year for tourism sector of the country, the Union minister said that the sector was now contributing over 7 per cent of the GDP of the country and 12.36 per cent in employment. “India is now one of the fastest growing tourism economies of the world,” he added.

On the occasion, Alphons also read out a message from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the inauguration of the tourism project at the function.


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