Pasighat (Arunachal), Feb 16 (PTI) Advocating peace asthe mantra for development, Arunachal Pradesh Chief MinisterDorjee Khandu today called for a concerted effort to transformthis land-locked state into a favourite tourist destination inthe country.
"Our state is blessed with immense tourism potentialand efforts should be made by all and sundry to exploit it tothe optimum," Khandu said on the inaugural day of thecentennial celebration of Pasighat, the headquarters town ofEast Siang district.
"Be hospitable to tourists and respect them," thechief minister exhorted hoteliers and tour operators whiledirecting the district administration to fix uniform rates inhotel rent and taxi fares.
Terming the bandh culture as an impediment todevelopment, Khandu urged upon various organisations to giveup such culture which would pave way for an investor friendlyenvironment in the state.
Appreciating the rich culture and tradition of peopleof Siang belt, Khandu urged the younger generation not toforget the glorious past civilisations in the Adi history andto go for whole-hearted preservation of their unique traditionand culture.
"Loss of culture is loss of identity," the chiefminister said adding, "Acceptance of modernity is the need ofthe hour but at the same time one should not shed off his owntradition and culture".
The chief minister, while rejecting apprehensions by afew civil societies on upcoming power projects in the state,said that Arunachal being a resource-crunch state should gofor exploiting all its power potentials which could bring theeconomy at par with other developed regions of the country.
"Hydropower will be a boon for the state''s inclusivegrowth and all environmental factors will be considered beforeexecuting any such project. As apprehended by a few anti-damorganisations in neighbouring Assam, power projects inArunachal will not harm that state but help it manifold," thechief minister asserted.
Presenting a detailed account of various developmentalinitiatives undertaken by his government, Khandu disclosedthat Arunachal has placed a proposal with New Delhi forsanctioning a Rs 4,300 crore project.
"We are proposing for an amount of Rs 3000 crore forinfrastructure development in 22 un-connected administrationcircles in the state besides, Rs 500 crore for border areadevelopment and Rs 800 crore for providing drinking water inremote and far-flung areas of the state," he added.
Informing that the first battalion of the ArunachalScout was raised at Shillong recently, Khandu said the Centrehas agreed in principle to sanction three more battalion whileraising of the 4th Indian Reserve battalion is expected soon.
"Recruitment for the 4th IRBn will be strictly madefrom every constituency on population basis," he added. PTIUPL