Restoration of Nambul river to boost Manipur's tourism potential: Minister Lukhoi
Tourism Minister O Lukhoi Singh called for more concerted efforts to save Nambul river
There must be more concerted efforts from all sections of society to save Nambul river and restore it to its pristine form, said Manipur Tourism Minister Oinam Lukhoi Singh on the occasion of the ‘Awareness campaign boat rally on Nambul river’ on Tuesday.
“Nambul is one of the most important rivers in Manipur, and it is much associated with the state’s history. It starts from the Kangchup hill range and flows into Loktak Lake, and is considered as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Manipur, Lukhoi said while speaking as chief guest of the campaign held under the theme ‘Save Our Rivers, Save Our Soul’.
With the increase of population in and around Imphal city, more liquid and solid wastes such as domestic garbage and wastes from shops, hotels and commercial establishments are generated and thrown into the river, the minister said.
Appealing to the people to dispose of the garbage at the dumping zones approved by the Imphal Municipal Corporation so as to save the river from further deterioration, the minister said, “Once Nambul is restored to its pristine form, it may provide huge tourism potentials”.
Lukhoi said under the supervision of Chief Minister N Biren Singh, the government is committed to promoting tourism sectors in many parts of the state with a view to attracting more tourists from different parts of the world. He also highlighted the various ongoing projects taken up by the Tourism department.
Development of Loktak Eco-Tourism project is one such project in the pipeline. Tourism minister released a song entitled ‘Koubru Masaikol’ during the occasion and also flagged off the boat rally campaign.
The awareness campaign is organised by Apunba Manipur Matam Ishei Kanglup (AMMIK) and sponsored by the Tourism department. Chairman, Tourism Corporation of Manipur Ltd (TCML) Md Ashab Uddin; director, Tourism W Ibohal Singh and president, AMMIK (HQ) Sagolshem Tijendra Singh also attended the campaign as guests of honour and president respectively.