Arunachal Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Pema Khandu

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Arunachal Pradesh Tourism bagged the In­dia To­day Award 2017, or­ga­nized by In­dia To­day Group for “Best Emerg­ing Des­ti­na­tion in In­dia” at an event held in New Delhi on April 20. Par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary Tourism, P.D. Sona who re­ceived the award on be­half of Arunachal Pradesh Tourism said that Arunachal Pradesh has the po­ten­tial to cater al­most all kinds of Tourism from her­itage, cul­ture, ad­ven­ture to pil­grim­age. Union Min­is­ter of State for Tourism Dr Ma­hesh Sharma ap­pre­ci­ated Arunachal Pradesh Tourism for its ef­forts to pro­mote Arunachal Tourism in global arena. While laud­ing the ef­forts of the In­dia To­day In­dia Group in rec­og­niz­ing and ac­knowl­edg­ing the lead­ers of the travel and tourism in­dus­try, he said that “We must strive to make In­dia an all-sea­son des­ti­na­tion”.

In­dia to con­struct two ad­vanced land­ing grounds in Arunachal Pradesh

In­dia moved to up­grade its de­fence in­fra­struc­ture along the bor­der with China, an­nounc­ing the con­struc­tion of two Ad­vanced Land­ing Grounds (ALG) at Tawang and Di­rang in Arunachal Pradesh on Thurs­day, a day af­ter Bei­jing gave its own names to six places in the north­east­ern state. De­fence Sec­re­tary G. Mo­han Ku­mar held a high-level re­view meet­ing with Arunachal Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Pema Khandu and dis­cussed the ALGs to be con­structed in Di­rang and Tawang. The meet­ing was also at­tended by Town Plan­ning and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter, Nabam Re­bia, in­clud­ing se­nior Army of­fi­cials and se­nior state of­fi­cials. Khandu has promised to speed up clear­ance of pend­ing is­sues to ex­pe­dite con­struc­tion of the air­fields. The Chief Min­is­ter also dis­cussed is­sues re­lated to land ac­qui­si­tion for de­fence pur­poses, the strate­gic 378 km Mis­samari-Tenga-Tawang rail­way line, the sta­tus of ALGs and other se­cu­rity re­lated is­sues. The Mis­samari-Tenga-Tawang rail­way line is ex­pected to be com­pleted by Oc­to­ber 2020. Sur­vey work for the project, es­ti­mated at Rs 50,000- Rs 70,000 crore, is ex­pected to be­gin next year. How­ever, De­fence Min­istry of­fi­cials urged the Arunachal gov­ern­ment to speed up on lo­ca­tion sur­vey works so that the project could be com­pleted ear­lier. Dur­ing the meet­ing, the De­fence Sec­re­tary in­formed the Chief Min­is­ter that the De­fence Min­istry has given its seal of ap­proval for civil­ian use of the six ALGs in Arunachal Pradesh to pro­mote tourism in this fron­tier

state. Ku­mar said the De­fence Min­istry had ap­proved civil­ian use of th­ese air­fields on March 30. "The dual use of the ALGs would help Arunachal Pradesh in pro­mot­ing tourism and other com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties and bring suc­cour to the sick and needy who re­quire ur­gent trans­porta­tion," Ku­mar said. The six ALGs - Tut­ing, Mechuka, Along, Pas­sighat, Vi­jay­na­gar and Ziro - along the In­dia-China bor­der have been re­con­structed, ex­panded and op­er­a­tionalised by the De­fence Min­istry and are un­der the direct con­trol of the In­dian Air Force. On the is­sue of de­fence-re­lated land com­pen­sa­tion, the state gov­ern­ment said that on the mat­ter of dual com­pen­sa­tion raised by the de­fence forces, a Group of Min­is­ters has been set up whose re­port is awaited. The Arunachal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in­formed that process is on for grant of per­ma­nent rights in­stead of lease­hold rights to de­fence au­thor­i­ties, on con­di­tion that the de­fence au­thor­i­ties pay an­nual lease rent of Rs 10 per sq mt, which is as per the amended rules of the state's land set­tle­ment laws. The move to con­struct two ALGs in Tawang and Di­rang comes af­ter China re­named six places in the state, which it con­sid­ers as part of "south­ern Ti­bet". China had strongly protested the visit of Ti­betan spir­i­tual leader, the Dalai Lama, to Arunachal Pradesh, es­pe­cially Tawang ear­lier this month.

Arunachal Pradesh pro­motes ad­ven­ture tourism

Arunachal Pradesh pro­motes ad­ven­ture tourism with an aim to at­tract more in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic trav­ellers. In its ef­forts to boost do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional tourist in­flow in the state, Arunachal Pradesh, in north­east­ern In­dia, is keen to un­lock its ge­o­graph­i­cal at­tributes to pro­mote the state as an ad­ven­ture des­ti­na­tion. Dr Jo­ram Beda, Tourism Sec­re­tary, Arunachal Pradesh, stated that tourism in the state is at a grow­ing stage and there is an in­ten­tion to de­velop it as a pre­mium tourism des­ti­na­tion in the lines of Bhutan, by pre­serv­ing the un­spoiled na­ture and the rich tribal cul­ture. “Arunachal Pradesh is in­vest­ing to be­come the ad­ven­ture and ex­otic tourism hub of In­dia. We have been or­gan­is­ing theme-based events like the Tawang fes­ti­val, Ziro fes­ti­val of mu­sic, Arunachal spring car­ni­val, ad­ven­ture at Mechuka and the Ka­meng river fes­ti­val. The role of tourism part­ners in build­ing aware­ness and en­cour­ag­ing the unique at­trac­tions this state of­fers is para­mount. In 2017, we ex­pect the num­ber of tourist ar­rivals to grow ex­po­nen­tially. We thank our tourism part­ners and urge them to con­tinue pro­mot­ing the rich bio­di­ver­sity and eco­tourism at­trac­tions that Arunachal Pradesh of­fers,” said Dr Beda. There are five ma­jor rivers which are open for white wa­ter raft­ing and kayak­ing ad­ven­tures. There are three peaks above 6,000 me­tres which are un­con­quered. Also, there are eight wildlife sanc­tu­ar­ies and two na­tional parks in the state suit­able for eco­tourism. Arunachal Pradesh is home of over 25 tribes and 100 sub­tribes with dis­tinct cul­tures. Trekking A ma­jor part of Arunachal Pradesh is cov­ered with lush ever­green forests. Tourists, both do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional, come here to ex­plore the nu­mer­ous trekking routes lo­cated in the moun­tains. For trekkers, the Bomdila-Tawang area of­fers mas­sive scope. The area around Tawang Chu is both in­ter­est­ing and chal­leng­ing for trekkers. Start­ing from Jong, one can trek to Mago, pass­ing through a breath­tak­ing jun­gle where one can see some stu­pen­dous wa­ter­falls. May and Oc­to­ber are the best months for trekking. Some more fas­ci­nat­ing trekking routes are Bomdila-Seppa, Along-Mechuka, Da­por­ijo-Taks­ing, Pasighat-Tut­ing, Pasighat-Mar­i­ang, Da­por­ijo-Along and Bomdi­laDaimara-via-Ram­lingam and Chakku. Raft­ing Arunachal Pradesh of­fers great op­por­tu­ni­ties for ad­ven­ture sports like trekking, angling, boat­ing and raft­ing. One can in­dulge in raft­ing on the Siang River. Ge­o­graph­i­cal ex­plor­ers of the past used to ad­dress this river as the ‘Miss­ing Link’ while try­ing to un­ravel the link be­tween the Brahma­pu­tra of As­sam and Ti­bet’s Tsangpo River. Other in­ter­est­ing river raft­ing routes in­clude Ka­meng (Seppa-Bhalukpung), Suban­siri (Tal­iha-North of Da­por­ijo) and Dibang (Anini- As­sam Bor­der).

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Pema Khandu

De­fence Sec­re­tary G. Mo­han Ku­mar

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