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Govt giving special emphasis to tourism sector: Manipur CM

Govt giving special emphasis to tourism sector: Manipur CM
N Biren Singh
Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 25: | Publish Date: 2/26/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Monday told the State assembly that steps have been taken to implement Manipur Tourism Policy for promotion and development of tourism in the state. 

Addressing the ongoing budget session, the chief minister pointed out various steps taken by the government which includes promotion of tourism through state and other local festivals, and showcasing state’s products to stakeholders at domestic and international events. 

“Steps are also taken up for the promotion and publicity in metro cities to educate potential visitors about our destinations. Infrastructure development projects funded by ministry of tourism, ministry of DoNER and NEC through state plan are also under process,” he said. 

To encourage visitors into the state, various steps towards improving connectivity have also been taken up. Helicopter services have also been introduced besides increasing the flight frequency, he said. 

Expressing satisfaction over the increasing number of domestic and international tourists in the state during the past few years, Singh said that to increase awareness of the tourist destinations and to develop the required infrastructures, works were in progress under Swadesh Darshan and North East Tourist Circuit.

The chief minister added that the state government was committed to conserve the natural beauty of Loktak Lake to attract tourists. 

He said, “Loktak Heritage Park will be developed to facilitate visitors to experience the natural and scenic beauty of the Lake.”

To raise awareness on the importance of Shirui Lily, the state government is planning to upgrade Sirui Lily Festival to national and international levels. 

He further informed the house that a total of Rs 4171.14 lakh has been allocated in the revised estimate of 2018-19, out of which Rs 3703.14 lakh has been earmarked for development of tourism infrastructure, organising state festivals and promotion of tourism in the state.

 

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