Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on September 27 announced that a world-class tourist destination would be developed at Noney to attract tourists to the world’s tallest girder railway bridge (141 metres) being constructed by North East Frontier Railway across the valley of river Ijai.

Singh further announced that required funds for the development of one tourist spot each in all the 60 Assembly segments of the state would be included in the next budget.

Manipur joined the rest of the world in celebrating the World Tourism Day on September 27. The chief minister was speaking at the state-level function which was organised by the Tourism Department at Longmai Ground in Noney District.

In urban areas, Singh said, such tourist sites would be developed in the form of cafeterias or eating joints while in rural and hill areas, scenic tourist place-cum-home would be developed. Informing that each tourist spot would cost around Rs 50 lakh, Singh stated that Rs 30 lakh would be borne by the state government while the remaining Rs 20 lakh should be contributed from the Local Area Development Fund of the MLAs concerned.

Maintaining that tourism sector is the future of Manipur, and it has the potential to provide employment to thousands of people, the chief minister said that this project must be implemented with utmost dedication and sincerity.

Observing that improvement of roads condition is a must to promote Manipur as a tourist-friendly state, Singh said that the state government had requested the Centre to upgrade Kaiphundai-Tousem-Haflong road to the standard of National Highway. He also expressed happiness that villagers are ready to donate land for broadening of the said stretch for the project.

In his speech, the chief minister also mentioned about the need for development of memorial sites of Rani Gaidinliu and Haipou Jadonang as tourist places.

Regarding helicopter service, Singh said that another helicopter service connecting different interior areas with the state capital under Centre’s UDAN scheme would be launched soon in addition to the existing helicopter service run by Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd.

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