Agartala: It is not mandatory that only Nagaland can celebrate the Hornbill festival, but if even we start celebrating such events then it will attract tourists to the other parts of the Northeast, said chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb here on Saturday.
Speaking in the inaugural session of the two-day-long Hornbill festival, Deb said that around 10 pairs of hornbill are at present available at Hatai Kotor or Baramura hill. More hornbill will be found once the ongoing survey is completed.
“These birds are precious and good for are the symbol of a healthy forest. Therefore, I have directed my officials to take necessary steps for the conservation of these birds. We have to accept each and every culture and events of the other northeastern state,” Deb said.
He also unveiled an artificial bombax tree and hornbill birds taking rest on it and also inaugurated four new log huts in the Baramura Eco Park.
“Hornbill birds are very disciplined and we have to adopt their way of living. For success in life, discipline is very necessary,” Deb said.
He also said that such a festival would help to boost footfalls of the tourists and state government is putting special focus into eco-tourism to develop the economy and generate employment in the villages.
“To generate the employment we have set up four new log huts, Hornbill view-point, vulture’s view-point and elephant points in the Khowai district. And this eco-tourism will help the area to develop by economically,” Deb added.
He also wrote in his Tweet. “The #HornbillFestivalTripura will promote ecotourism & create awareness towards Hornbill birds & promote local culture & strengthen local communities. The festival will enlarge scope of livelihood support to locals, hospitality sector, boarding & lodging, transport sector etc.”
The forest minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia, who was also present in the event, said history has been created for the first time in the state of Tripura by starting Hornbill-like festival in the state.
“With the initiatives of the chief minister, we have organised the Hornbill festival in our state. Such steps would help in increasing the footfall of tourism in the state and in the Baramura Eco Park as well. With the start of the festival Tripura will be recognised across the country,” Jamatia said.
He also said that the government has also taken initiatives to establish vulture and elephant points in the Teliamura sub-division of the Khowai district in the coming days.