The newly inaugurated Rhododendron Resort at Phesama. (Morung Photo)
Union Minister KJ Alphons inaugurates Rhododendron Resort
Morung Express News
Kohima | December 5
Union Minister of State, In Charge of Tourism, KJ Alphons today said that the Central Government is spending Rs.197 Crores for two tourism projects in Nagaland. Of this, Rs 97 Crores has been invested for the Rhododendron Resort, which Alphons inaugurated today.
The Union Minister further stated that the Centre has given Rs. 1351 Crores for the North East tourism sector.
“I don’t really think there is any place under the sun which is more beautiful than the entire North East of India, particularly Nagaland, we want millions of people to come up here and that’s the future,” the Union Minister said during the 5th day of the Hornbill Festival in Kisama.
Alphons had earlier inaugurated the Rhododendron Resort at Phesama, Kohima district. The resort was commissioned by the Central Tourism Department under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme.
Rhododendron Resort is located in the forests of the village and located above Kisama.
The inauguration programme was attended by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and other officials.
Delivering a speech at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama after the inauguration, he said that Nagaland’s rich cultural variants of songs, dances and textile alongside the beautiful terrain will sustain a future for tourism.
Describing the state as “God’s own paradise and an epitome of hospitality,” he said the North East and Nagaland in particular “will serve as a window of tourism and play par importance for the Look East policy.”
The Minister also informed that he has spoken with the Union Civil Aviations Minister to develop and bring helicopter services to link places of importance; especially Guwahati, Dimapur, Kohima and Imphal. He added that the Tourism Ministry will take the leap in whatever the investment or loss is incurred.
The Civil Aviation Minister reportedly said that investment in manpower and workforce would be crucial to turn such proposals into reality.