Itanagar, Nov 26 (UNI) Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh has asserted that proper planning and infrastructure development of the state can increase the inflow of tourists to Arunachal Pradesh from the present 50,000 to five lakh annually.
The minister stated this to a delegation of the Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), which called on him at Raj Bhawan here on November 24 to submit a memorandum pleading for the Tourism Ministry's help in highlighting the Parsuram Kund, a famous Hindu pilgrimage spot in Lohit district, and the world famous Tawang Monastery, official sources said here today.
The minister, who had inaugurated the Seventh Buddha Mahotsava at Tawang on November 23, said he was thrilled to see a number of tourists, including a group of 80 girls from Mumbai and other tourists from Jammu and Kashmir, at the festival.
With four airports likely to be completed at Itanagar, Tawang, Pasighat and Ziro within a few years, the communication bottlenecks would be overcome, giving a new momentum to the tourism industry, he said.
The ACCI delegates conveyed their appreciation to Railway Minister Lalu Prasad for approving various projects, particularly for the survey of laying broad gauge railway lines from Rupai in Assam to Parsuram Kund, which would help religious tourism flourish in the state.
Mr Ramesh advised that aspiring for only foreign tourists would be wrong and suggested that efforts should be made to woo domestic tourists as well.
''The Pangsau Pass Winter Festival is an appreciable endeavour in achieving the goal and the Indian film industry should also be encouraged to come for shootings in this picturesque state,'' he added.