Centre to promote rural tourism in Arunachal

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Itanagar, Apr 3 (UNI) The Centre is contemplating to develop rural tourism in Arunachal Pradesh and accordingly Union Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni has assured to provide an amount of Rs 70 lakh for the purpose. The assurance came when State Governor General (Retd) J J Singh briefed her in a meeting at New Delhi recently about the tourism industries' potential to change the socio-economic life of Arunachal. General Singh, who continuing his endeavor for the state's development also met several ministers of the union cabinet and pleaded them for various projects, informed official sources here today. Ms Soni during the meeting also promised the Governor to provide additional cable cars over the waterfalls in Lumpo area of Tawang district, sources added.

During his meeting with union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, the governor thanked him for sanctioning the Harmuti-Itanagar railway line and also promised that the land acquisition work will be done expeditiously.

The Governor also highlighted the other railway projects such as Rupai-Parashuramkund railway line and proposed for introduction of Jana Shatabdi Express between Harmuti and Guwahati, sources informed adding, Mr Yadav in a good will gesture had offered a toy-train for the children of Arunachal Pradesh.

During his meeting with Telecom and IT Minister A Raja, the minister promised General Singh that best efforts would be made to ensure telecommunication and mobile connectivity to all the 34 administrative centers in the state, which were not connected by roads, and also to establish good connectivity in the border areas, sources disclosed.

Mr Raja informed that three private companies would be asked to set up mobile communication infrastructure in the state. The Governor urged the Minister to strengthen the communication infrastructure using the funds available under USO (Universal Service Obligation).

Mr Singh also met Union Civil Aviation Minister Mr Praful Patel and emphasised that the development of Green-field Airport at Itanagar and nine other airstrips in different parts of the state should preferably be finished within 2-3 years, sources said.

The Governor also advocated for more numbers of STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) capacity airstrips to cover mountainous region of the state, sources added.

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