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Joint drive to promote tourism

Jorhat, July 3: Assam and Nagaland have decided to jointly promote tourism in districts of both the states that share a boundary and to prepare a yearly calendar to organise sports and cultural activities.

This decision was taken at a meeting of deputy commissioners, superintendents of police, divisional forest officers, other senior civil and police officials of Mokokchung, Longleng (Nagaland) and Sivasagar and Jorhat (Assam) here today.

Sivasagar deputy commissioner S.S. Meenakshi Sundaram told The Telegraph this evening that as part of the efforts to strengthen relations between people of both the states, a proposal was mooted in the meeting to jointly promote tourism on both sides.

“We agreed that there was vast scope to promote tourism in five Upper Assam districts and adjoining four Nagaland districts. Tourists are already coming to Assam districts to see wildlife and places of historical importance and also to Nagaland for its flora and fauna in the hills and its exciting tribal culture,” the deputy commissioner said.

He said people were coming to Kaziranga, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia in Uupper Assam and many are visiting Mokokchung, Longleng, Mon and Wokha (districts sharing border in Upper Assam).

He said it was decided to prepare a joint tourism plan, which will include development of infrastructure, opening up of places of stay, ensuring availability of vehicles, training of tourist guides and engaging tour operators to make packages for places in both the states.

Sundaram said local residents from both states would gain economically by promoting such activities.

He said other adjoining districts like Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Golaghat in Assam and Wokha and Mon in Nagaland, whose senior district officials were not present in today’s meeting, will be requested to be part of the initiative.

Another decision taken was to prepare a calendar among the districts of both the states to organise sports and cultural activities, which were already being organised in border areas of districts of the neighbouring states for the past few years.