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Saturday , July 5 , 2014
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Assam sets guidelines for tourism promotion

- Govt seeks detailed report before development of infrastructure & study of tourist flow

Guwahati, July 4: Assam government has laid down guidelines to set up infrastructure in a tourist destination and called for an in-depth study of the inflow of tourist traffic in the past three years.

Official sources said a detailed project feasibility report should be prepared before developing infrastructure in a destination, which should comprise an in-depth study of the inflow of tourist traffic and a study of the frequent travellers to determine their income groups so that infrastructure are not over- priced.

The report should also include a study to find out the accommodation facilities available in the vicinity and their quality of service.

Besides this, prospective companies should make budget estimate and running costs for the next five years to help the project become a viable one.

The department said though it had developed various infrastructure for promotion of tourism throughout the state, there was a dire need for its upgrade on various fronts.

“The infrastructure created does not follow any procedure for its development and hence, most of the structures created do not have any identity or links amongst themselves. Assam falls under the high seismic zone and it is pertinent to take structural and architectural precautions in order to make the structures earthquake resistant,” the department said.

The architectural character should be in harmony with the local architecture. Conceptually the interiors could be based on local materials, textiles and handicrafts showcasing the rich culture of Assam.

Improvements are required in structure, toilets, plumbing and sanitation, electrification, doors and windows, flooring, interior design, and environmental measures. In environmental measures, use of solar energy water heating systems, provision of rainwater harvesting, recycling and use of waste water for gardening should be encouraged.

As far as setting up of wayside amenities are concerned, the parking areas needs to be well demarcated and the outdoor dining areas needs to be developed and maintained. “Gardens should be well landscaped and maintained nicely for use of children” a tourism department official said.

Reception lobbies and dining areas should have polished stone flooring.

Jogging tracks, yoga grounds and meditation areas should be provided in natural ambience without any built structures.

As far as interior design is concerned, undue ornamentation should be avoided, and stress should be laid on maintaining cleanliness.