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Arunachal Pradesh govt planning to introduce Heliport Tourism

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 16, 2009

The Arunachal Pradesh government is planning to introduce Heliport Tourism in the state for which Kumari Selja, Union Minister for Tourism has promised to sanction Rs five crore for setting up a heliport destination as a pilot project. The first helicopter is expected to fly dozen-odd tourists to Mechuka in West Siang district. The idea of Heliport Tourism has been formulated by J J Singh, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and Mechuka can become the pilot project of this concept. According to a report in The Telegraph, as per Singh one helicopter will bring in 16-20 tourists to places like Mechuka and Geishing where tourists can stay in wooden huts for three to five days. They will then be replaced by another group of tourists.

Singh has been promoting the state’s natural resources and tourism potential. Furthermore, Singh is planning to conduct a workshop in Itanagar in collaboration with the cane and bamboo technology centre in Guwahati from August 23-26, 209. During the workshop, discussions will be held on building bamboo huts at tourists’ spots to save time and money. The Governor has also asked for streamlining of the inner-line permit system for the state, especially for the Tirap and Changlang districts, as Indian tourists travelling to Arunachal and a few other North Eastern states need an inner-line permit from local authorities. Foreign tourists require the restricted area permit or protected area permit. Delhi is considering relaxing the norms for tourists. Singh also suggested a rafting contest between November and February, which has been agreed by Selja.

Source: Travel Biz Monitor

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