Guwahati, May 5: Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein today flagged off the Trans Arunachal Drive at Pangsau Pass in Changlang district in presence of Speaker Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly P D Sona and Advisor to Minister Tourism, Laisam Simai.
The event was organised by the Department of Tourism as part of ‘Dekho Apna Desh, Dekho Apna Pradesh’ which aims to put on display the tourist attractions, destinations and biodiversity of the State.
Mein extended his best wishes to the entire team who would be traversing 2000 kms in 12-day road trip.
Mein said that he believed through the lenses of all the participants, the beauty of Arunachal will reach far and wide across the globe and in coming days, more of super cars would come to Arunachal to drive across the Trans-Arunachal Highway with the improved connectivity and quality road.
Mein stated Arunachal Pradesh would be the next most sought after tourist destination and added that the government had enhanced allocation under Chief Minister Paryatan Yojana (from Rs. 4 Crores in FY 2021-22 to Rs. 8 Crores in FY 2022-23) besides also promoting homestays across the State for giving affordable stay and experience the local cultures.
He said the State has most diverse cultures having 26 major tribes & 100 sub-tribes with distinct culture, identity and dialect.
“Arunachal is also one of the bio-diversity hotspots with rich flora and fauna,” said Mein and added that it provides scope for research as well as nature’s tourism.
He announced that the famous pilgrimage site, Parshuram Kund is being developed into a major tourist destination and 7 Lakes track in Dibang Valley District, Trekking Track in Glaw Lake, will be favourite tourist destination for the adventure lovers.
On the memorandum given by the villagers on reopening of Indo Myanmar market through Pangsau Pass and granting permission to domestic tourists to visit upto Indo Myanmar international border, Mein assured to take up the matter at the highest level.
Mein also announced to hold the next Trans Arunachal Drive at Pangsau Pass in a much bigger manner.