Imphal, Feb. 22: Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that the Ministry of Civil Aviation has assured the State Government that Air India would begin daily direct flights from New Delhi to Imphal by first week of April, 2018. This was stated by him at the inaugural function of 3rd International Convention of Service Industry NER(I)-ASEAN FOCUS CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam) held today at Classic Grande, Imphal today.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that the government is planning to build a Resort to attract more tourists in the State. The government is trying to acquire 100 acres of land near Tengnoupal area in Imphal-Moreh road for the construction of the Resort, he added. He stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has allocated funds for the construction of 39 big culverts in the areas of Indo-Myanmar border. Chief Minister informed that he along with the Chief Minister of Sagaing Region, Myanmar would jointly inaugurate the said culverts soon.
Mentioning that Manipur is the gateway to South East Asian countries, Chief Minister maintained that we should make Imphal/Manipur an important location/station because the routes will be shortened to connect the South East Asian countries. He further stressed that the State government is trying its best to increase tourists flow in the State. Stating that the State has hosted the NEDS 2017 in Imphal, first of its kind in the entire North East, Chief Minister said that following the footsteps of the State, states like Assam and Uttar Pradesh have started organising similar Business Summit in their respective states. He maintained that better connectivity is very important to bring development in the region.
On the occasion, Ambassador of Union of Myanmar to India, Shri Moe Kyan Aung said that there is a need to increase the air connectivity between the countries such as direct flight from Imphal to Rangoon etc. Free flow of trade, goods and services are the part of the most important elements in realizing as an Economic Community which would strengthen the commercial and economic relationship between various ASEAN countries, he added. He also maintained that NorthEast India is a geo-strategic region for connecting to the South East Asian countries.
The Convention is being organised under the theme “Tapping Potential of Services Sector Catering to Domestic and International Demands” by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, International of Chamber for Service Industry and Manipur Infrastructure Development Agency (MIDA).
Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India Shri Sudhanshu Pandey, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Director General International Chamber of Service Industry Dr. Gulshan Sharma, Vice Chairman MIDA Shri M. Asnikumar, Head of India-SriLanka and Nepal Fly Dubai Shri Pran Dasan, Head of Operations Media Entertainment Industry Shri Mohit Soni and others attended the function.
William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.
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