PASIGHAT, Sep 5: The tourism minister Nakap Nalo concluded his 3 days visit to eastern Arunachal here on Sunday. On his last leg of tour Nalo visited various tourism destinations and assets owned by the department in the East Siang district.
Later talking to the media, he said one of the main purposes of his visit was to check the status of assets owned by the tourism department. “We have identified all the assets. Deputy commissioners of East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley and Lohit have been instructed to study the condition of these assets and submit a report to the department in a time bound manner,” informed Minister Nalo. He said wherever renovation is needed the department will take it up. “After that these assets will be given on lease for tourism promotion,” said minister Nalo.
He also appealed to the people of Arunachal Pradesh to save these assets. “These properties belong to the people. They need to safeguard it from being encroached and damaged while several are nonfunctional,” he added.
Several projects are also non functional due to Covid 19 pandemic across the world and the tourism industry has also been badly affected for almost two years. We have to revive all our projects and protect our assets which have been created by the government for the public use and economic condition, up-gradation and employment opportunity. He said.
The Pasighat West MLA Ninong Ering along with Pasighat East MLA Kaling Moyong while accompanying the minister during the visit sought for a convention hall in Pasighat citing several reasons for establishment of such a project in Pasighat as the city is gateway to several districts of state.. Ering also additionally sought a tourist facilitation centre (TFC) at Ruksin.
Responding to their demand, minister Nalo said if the Pasighat administration manages to identify 10 acre of land free of cost the department will take initiative for the convention hall and will send a proposal to the government of India.
Referring to a tourism project damaged in the township, the minister directed the deputy commissioner and SP to take legal action and punish the miscreants found involved in the vandalism of the asset.
Former MLA T Jamoh, PMC Chief Councilor, Jt. Director Health, senior officer of the Tourism department, PRI leaders, HoDs of East Siang district and others accompanied the minister during visits to various tourism and other important projects of public importance.