The Meghalaya government has received an amount of Rs 700 crore from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for promotion and development of tourism sector in the state, chief minister Conrad Sangma said on December 14.
Sangma made the announcement after laying the foundation stone for an eco-resort of the tourism department at scenic Sakal A.duma village under the Nokrek Biosphere Reserve in West Garo Hills district.
He said the Meghalaya government has earmarked Rs 350 crore each for Khasi Hills region and Garo Hills region respectively.
The chief minister informed that the Eco Resort of the Meghalaya tourism department at scenic Sakal A.duma village will be one of the best tourist resorts in the Northeast India region, and added that an amount of Rs 23 crore will be spent for this project with widely accepted design and will be completed within a year.
Noting that promotion and development of sustainable tourism involves the support of the local people, CM Conrad Sangma said that this project will be the property of the people of the region.
The chief minister further informed that water reservoir project to protect and preserve the rivers and streams and other water bodies will soon be implemented in the state.