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Infrastructure priority for tourism: Ibobi
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 IMPHAL, Sept 27 – Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh today said improvement of law-and-order situation, power and transport and communication facilities are prerequisites for development of tourism in the State.

“Investment companies and corporate officials are willing to invest in Manipur but do not do so considering the law-and-order situation here. So improvement of law and order, power and transport and communication becomes the priority task,” he said while speaking at a function on the occasion of the World Tourism Day in Imphal this afternoon.

Stating that time has come to usher in peace in to the State, he said, “Violence can never bring solution to any problem.” He appealed to all concerned to sit together and find an amicable solution to any problem that they may have, so that Manipur does not lag behind others not only in the tourism sector but also in any other front.

Elaborating on present power crisis, he said the State gets less than 100 MW against the requirement of about 150 MW. The power scenario is likely to improve once the Palatana power plant in Agartala is commission before March 2013, he added.

He said the Imphal airport will be expanded to international standard and the government has recently acquired 600 acres of land for the purpose. “We’ve been persuading Airport Authority of Indian through the Union Civil Aviation Ministry to speed up the expansion process,” he said.

Manipur’s Rural Development Minister Francis Ngajokpa also shared a similar sentiment while delivering his speech at the function which was attended by economists, management and adventure tourism experts, besides officials.

Stating that tourism day has been observed in the State since 1980, Dr Rajesh Kumar, Commissioner of Tourism Department speaking on the occasion, said that his department is planning to take up three mega tourism projects in the current year. All the projects are eco-friendly by design with rain water harvesting, solar lighting and bio-resource facilities

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