May 17, 2018

Agartala: The Centre has sanctioned two projects worth Rs 48 crore to boost tourism in Tripura, minister for tourism Pranajit Singha Roy said here on Wednesday.

The projects were approved in a meeting of North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme, an inter-ministerial body under DoNER ministry, in New Delhi last week, Singha Roy told reporters.

“We had sent two project proposals. They examined both and approved a sanction of Rs 48 crore,” he said.

The first project has Rs 24.42 crore earmarked for it while Rs 23.40 crore has been allocated for the second project. The funds will be used to develop an 8km stretch of road from Fatiksagar in Amarpur to Chabimura in Gomati district, 80km from here, and a 20km stretch from Tirtha-mukh in Gomati district to Raishyabari in Dhalai district.

Chabimura or Devatamura is famous for its rock carvings, dating back to the 15-16 centuries AD, on the hills on the bank of the Gomati. The place is also a famous eco-tourism centre. Tirthamukh, where the Raima and Sarma rivers meet, is considered a holy spot. It is an extension of a dam built for Dumbur hydro-electric power plant commissioned in 1976.

“There are a few structures and facilities at Chabimura and Tirthamukh. However, the boats are not functioning properly and there are issues with the roads. We will work on developing the roads, offering proper boating experience across the 14km stretch of waterbody, build tourist cottages, arrange unique delicacies and all facilities tourists expect. Stress will be on proper security arrangement,” Singha Roy said.

The minister said the erstwhile Left Front government did not pay attention to the tourism sector, which led to poor footfall over the years. “We are attaching importance to tourism and want to develop it as a revenue-generating source. It has a lot of employment generation scope.”

Chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb had earlier said his government would focus on developing the tourism sector to boost the state’s economy.

Source: The Telegraph


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