Khandu stresses on road connectivity to harness tourism

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Itanagar, Nov 08 (UNI) Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has strongly advocated for proper road connectivity in the state in order to harness the vast tourism potentials in right perspective. The Chief Minister was discussing some of the vital issues confronting the state with Lt. Gen B S Jaswal, General Officer Commanding (GOC), HQ 4 Corps when the later called on him at his office here yesterday, official sources informed today. Attended by Principal Secretary Tsering Gyurme, Chief Secretary K K Sharma, Commissioner Home T Taloh, DGP A Chadha and Secretary Tourism Bandana Deori, the discussion dwelt at length on tourism potential in the state and development of infrastructure, including development of winter sports complex, air strips and helipad in Tawang area, establishment of National Institute of Mountaineering Air Strip and Allied Sports at Dirang, conservation of forest, recruitment of local youths in the armed forces, besides law and order situation and security aspects in the twin districts of Tirap and Changlang. While informing that Tawang, Mechuka and Anini have been identified as tourist spots, Khandu disclosed that the state government was contemplating to start helicopter services in some of the far flung areas in Tawang, West Kameng and West Siang for the benefit of the local populace and the tourists.

He further urged the army to accord permission for the air traffic clearance for the helicopter services in the areas as and when request was made by the state government. The Chief Minister also apprised the GOC about the existing road condition in the state, especially in Tawang district and stressed on proper alignment of the roads to make it feasible for defence and civilian use.

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