Agartala: In order to attract tourists to Neermahal, the white-and-red palace showcasing the exquisite taste and heritage of Tripura’s 500-year-old Manikya dynasty, the state government will soon release 50,000 white ducklings in the Rudrasagar lake surrounding the monument.
An amount of Rs 1 crore has already been sanctioned by the state department of veterinary and animal husbandry. A list of beneficiaries of 1,000 villagers living in the vicinity of Rudrasagar lake, among which the ducklings will be distributed, has also able been prepared in this regard. This, in turn, will give a major boost to the local economy.
The historic monument, also called the ‘lake palace’ of eastern India, was built by Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur in 1939. It is surrounded by over 2,100 acres of water.
Earlier this year, CM Biplab Kumar Deb had announced plans to distribute 50,000 white ducklings among the villagers living in the vicinity of the lake. “If the white ducks swim in the lake, thousands of tourists will come from different parts of India and abroad to visit Neermahal. Tourism will be developed,” the CM had said.
Talking to EastMojo, Pabitra Kumar Das, secretary, Rudhrasagar Udbastu Fishermen Samabaya Samity (RUFSS), a cooperative society of the fishermen here, said that following the announcement made by the CM, a list of 1,000 family members has been prepared.
The list of the duck beneficiaries has already been submitted to the Sonamura sub-division magistrate’s (SDM) office, Das added.
“However, it’s not clear whether the estimated 50,000 ducks will be distributed among the beneficiaries of this list itself or a new list will be asked by the department concerned,” sources in the cooperative society said.
Informing that the number of tourists visiting the lake has increased over the years, Narayan Barman, a member of the cooperative society, said that proper initiative is required to attract more tourists to the state.
The state tourism sector got a major boost following the successful hosting of the 7th International Tourism Mart held in Tripura recently.
A number of foreign delegates from 18 countries, namely Australia, Canada, China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, UAE and USA, were in Tripura for the mart. These include 60 tour operators and travel agents and 18 media representatives, journalists, travel writers and bloggers. Besides the foreign delegates, 26 domestic tour operators from other parts of the country and 78 sellers from the north eastern states also took part in the mart.
“During the event, tourists also paid their visit to Neermahal. If the government and the tourist agents continue to take initiative, we can see a huge difference in the tourism sector soon. People living in the vicinity of the lake will also benefit,” Barman added.