The Tripura tourism minister launched four battery-operated vehicles on Thursday Credit: EastMojo image

Agartala: The Tripura Tourism Development Corporation Limited (TTDC) on Thursday launched four battery-operated vehicles to ease the movement of travellers in the tourist spots of the state.

An agreement was signed between TTDC and Narkel Kunja Tourism Co-operative Society to look after the assets developed under the tourism department.

Inaugurating the event at Ujjayanta Palace, tourism minister Pranajit Singha Roy said that in the last 18 months of the new government, several initiatives were taken for the development of the tourism sector and accordingly “we are implementing one scheme after another in the state”.

“As a state, we are still depended on the funds of the central government. If we can develop the tourism sector, employment opportunities would further be generated across the state. The number of tourists visiting the state has also increased following the change in government,” Roy said.

A series of steps has been taken by our government to develop the tourist destinations of the state and also blamed the erstwhile governments for not taking any initiatives to develop the state’s tourism, he said.

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“We frequently hear from the tourists that in Tripura the number of accommodation is very less, so we have decided to develop more hotels across the state and in all the tourist destinations in the state. By spending Rs 4.98 crore we have created ‘Narikel Kunja’ at Dumbur with all modern facilities and the work will soon be completed. Narkel Kunja Tourism Co-operative Society will help to operate and to maintain the assets which were created by the TTDC,” the tourism minister added.

Narkel Kunja (Coconut Island) is a tourist spot situated at Dumboor Lake which is also known for its scenic beauty at the Gomati district of Tripura, around 70 km from Agartala.

He also said that the state government would soon start water scooters and water boat facilities in Narekel Kunja. A ropeway from Udaipur Railway station to Mata Tripura Sundari temple at Gomati district is also under the pipeline.

The state government has ordered 11 battery-operated vehicles of which four reached Agartala, with the rest of them said to reach soon. Of the four vehicles, two would be placed at Ujjayanta Palace while two other in Agartala-Akhaura Integrated Check Post, which will cover 400 metre from the border to the ICP gate.

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