Union tourism minister Alphons KJ with Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio at the inauguration of the rhododendron resort in Kohima on Wednesday

Kohima: Union tourism minister Alphons KJ inaugurated a rhododendron resort under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme in Phesama in Kohima district on Wednesday.

The resort is the first project in the state under the scheme initiated by the Centre for improving infrastructure to boost tourism and economic growth.

Meanwhile, while attending the fifth day of Hornbill Festival in Kohima on Wednesday, Alphons said Nagaland represents everything wonderful about the country. “The colour, music, dance, textile and food, it’s such an amazing place. The hyper-active chief minister, who is everywhere, and is leading this state into an amazing state of prosperity.”

He said the Central government is spending Rs 197 crore for two projects in Nagaland for tourism. He further stated that for the state of Nagaland and entire North East, tourism is a future and the Central government has given Rs 1351 crore for the Northeast in the tourism sector.

“I don’t really think there is any place under the sun which is more beautiful than the entire Northeast of India, particularly Nagaland. We want millions of people to come up here and that’s the future.”

As per a statement released by the tourism ministry on Tuesday, a tourism project, ‘Development of Tribal Circuit: Peren-Kohima-Wokha Project’, was sanctioned by the ministry in November 2015 for Rs 97.36 crore.

Under the project, the ministry has developed facilities like tribal tourist village, eco log huts, open air theatre, tribal rejuvenation centre, cafeteria, helipad, tourist interpretation centre, wayside amenities, last-mile connectivity, public conveniences, multipurpose hall, nature trails and trekking routes.

In addition to this project, the ministry has also sanctioned another project in the state — ‘Development of Tribal circuit: Mokokchung Tuensang-Mon’ — worth Rs 99.67 crore. The implementation of the project is in progress.

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