ITANAGR: Tourism in Arunachal Pradesh is all set to get a big boost in the new year as the Centre has sanctioned over Rs 97 crore for a project.
The Union Tourism Ministry has approved a proposal for integrated development of adventure tourism in Arunachal Pradesh which was endorsed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
Under the project, infrastructure and basic amenities necessary to tap the immense tourism potential of the state would be developed.
Of the total sanctioned amount, Rs 19,42,73,544, which is 20 per cent of the Central Financial Assistance, has been released as the first instalment for utilisation by the state government, an official communiqué informed here today.
Terming the development as a "New Year gift" for the people of the state, Tuki urged the department to ensure that the fund is utilised judiciously and on time.
A tourist complex at Nafra, rafting and angling centers in Seppa and craft bazaar with amphitheatre at Ziro would be developed under the project.
The amount would also be utilised for development of tourism infrastructure in Papu, Pasa and Pakke Valleys in East Kameng, Sagalee and Doimukh and Yomcha sub-divisions.
A visibly happy Parliamentary Secretary of Tourism, Mama Natung said the development is key towards realising the department’s goal of making Arunachal Pradesh a tourism hub.