Irked tour operator calls for improved transportation in Tawang

Itanagar, June 6 (ANI): Bipul Kumar is a tour operator from Rajasthan, who has travelled all over the world during the past decade.

Recently, he visited scenically beautiful Tawang, and expressed shock over the collapsed public transport system, poor infrastructure and dismal connectivity.

He asked that if this was the state of affairs, the region's tourism potential would take a major hit, and therefore, he urged the Arunachal Pradesh Government to act fast on this score.

State Tourism Minister Pema Khandu did not rubbish Kumar's views, and in a way, accepted that connectivity is a problem in the region, but added that this issue was beyond the purview of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh.

He said the Centre has given its approval for the contruction of the strategically located Bhalukpong-Tawang Road, and has engaged the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to execute it.

"The governor, the chief minister and myself have been constantly pursuing Delhi to expedite the road project which is in the national interest," Khandu added.

In January this year, India's tourism ministry chose Tawang to host the Second International Tourism Mart after the success achieved through the first International Tourism Mart in Guwahati.

The second edition will take place in October.

Known as the last Shangri-La on earth, Tawang presents a picture perfect view, everywhere replete with nature's bounty, perennial streams and waterfalls, exotic orchids, rare animals and birds, and above all, the ever smiling hospitable Monpa tribe.

Tawang is still an undiscovered, unparalleled and unique land.

Tourism Secretary Parveez Dewan recently sent a high-level official delegation to Tawang inspect facilities in the hilly town expected to host the ITM.

The Guwahati edition was attended by 100-odd delegates, including tourism ministers, tourism secretaries, tour operators, hoteliers and media representatives from Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the UK, the U.S. and Vietnam from SAARC and ASEAN countries, excluding China.

However, this mystic land of Arunachal Pradesh has drawn the attention of the BBC's Lonely Planet Traveller magazine, which has projected it among 'Top 21 under-the-radar destinations of the world'.

The list exclusively featured the less explored and unconventional tourist destinations of the world.

Tourism Parliamentary Secretary P D Sona had put Arunachal on global aviation tourism map with the N E Shuttle's 18-seater Dornier aircraft from Guwahati landing at Mechuka.

on 25.04.12 to expose the 'lost world' in West Siang district bordering China home to the Memba tribe and the 400-year-old Mahayana gompa of Samten Yongcha but known as an undiscovered paradise. The NE Shuttle MD Capt Shoba K Mani has conveyed its willingness to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to fly the Dornier wherever airstrips are available in the state.

If there is a will, there is a way. When Singapore reduced to rubbles during the WW-II could be a global tourist hub within no time, why can't Arunachal, particularly Tawang, Mechuka, Vijoynagar, Ziro, Pasighat.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has proved his vision by launching the maiden Mukhya Mantri Paryatan Vikash Yojana by providing 20 taxi cabs to unemployed youths of the state in the first phase.

Some have been asked to serve as drivers-cum-guides for tourists.

Tourism promises to be a money spinner soon, with the state government opening up its vast potential to the outside world and entrepreneurs ready to be willing partners.

The views expressed in the above article are that of Mr. Pradeep Kumar, Editor-in-Chief of Arunachal Front. (ANI)

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