The popular Hornbill Festival is held at Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, which is about 12 km from Kohima, in Nagaland every year

Agartala: The chief whip of Tripura Legislative Assembly (TLA) Kalyani Roy on Monday said that a ‘Hornbill Festival’ will be celebrated for two days at the premises of Baramura Eco-Park in West Tripura district on February 8 and 9.

Roy announced this on the second day of state assembly session while making a query over the construction of a Dak Bungalow in Teliamura sub-division.

In reply to the query raised by chief whip, revenue minister NC Debbarma said that the department has no plan of constructing a Dak Bungalow in this sub-division.

In a supplementary query, Roy said the government is constantly working to boost up the tourism sector in Tripura and accordingly, a two-day ‘Hornbill Festival’ will be organised in the premises of Baramura Eco-Park on February 8 and 9.

There are many other tourist sites in Teliamura sub-division. The sub-division started its journey in 2006 and till date no Dak Bungalow has been built here even though it has the utmost necessity. She further urged the minister in charge of the revenue department to consider the same.

The idea of organising a Hornbill Festival was first proposed after a meeting chaired by chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb.

Over 300 hornbills have already been spotted across the state this year. The species was identified as ‘Oriental Pied Hornbill’ (Anthracoceros albirostris).

Hornbill Festival is organised annually in Kohima, the capital of Nagaland, in the month of December. The event is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, which is about 12 km from Kohima. The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland.

For rearing and breeding, the Tripura forest department has also kept the ‘Oriental Pied Hornbill’ at Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary in Sepahijala district.

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