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All NE State capitals to be connected by 2024-25: Union Tourism Minister

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NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 20: The Centre’s ‘Capital Connectivity Project’, aimed at connecting the capital cities of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Sikkim – the Seven Sisters of the Northeast – will be completed by 2024-25, G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and DoNER has said.
Addressing the 10th International Tourism Mart at Aizwal, Reddy said tourism can pick up when there is good connectivity and infrastructure. This, he said, has been made possible by the era of peace and stability ushered in the by Modi Government, which made it possible to undertake developmental activities and to improve connectivity in the Northeastern States.
“As part of capital connectivity projects in NE, train connectivity between Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura has already been completed. Next year, we expect to connect Aizwal and the remaining 5 State capitals also and hope to finish the project by 2024-25. The Centre is spending a lot of money on this”, Reddy said.
The Minister said work on enhancing air connectivity in the Northeast by building green field airports is also underway.
“The situation is now peaceful, and many development activities are happening. The Union Government has also set up a Tourism Taskforce for Northeast with DoNER and other Ministries”, Reddy said.
Apart from building national highways, laying railway tracks and upping air connectivity, the Union Minister said the Government will identify and build amenities around 100 key tourism ‘viewpoints’ in the NE, of which 9 will be in Mizoram.
“In the first phase, 22 ‘viewpoints’ have been taken up for development, of which the Tourism Ministry has already sanctioned funds for 9 points in Mizoram. The wayside amenities and viewpoints will be developed mainly along national highways and the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has also been roped in for this”, he added.
Reddy also announced that the DoNER Ministry will depute its officers in all NE States who will be mandated with coordinating the comprehensive development activities in the States.
Manisha Saxena, Principal Secretary, Mizoram Tourism, said that with many frequently visited tourist places running over their carrying capacities, there is a need to identify new tourist places. The first International Tourist Mart at Mizoram, she said, is significant because it will focus on devising strategies to diversify tourism products while promoting tourism sustainably.