Guwahati, April 25: The annual report (2017-18) of the Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) was released at a program held in Guwahati on April 24. The report stated that profit (before tax) of the corporation has almost doubled from Rs 2.24 crore in 2016-17 to Rs 4.22crore in 2017-18.
The state government has also lined up a slew of tourism development initiatives in the coming year, which include a second ropeway project in the region from the foothills of Kamakhya to the top of the temple.
“The tendering process for the Kamakhya ropeway project will begin in a month or two while the trial run of the Guwahati-North Guwahati ropeway project will be held by December this year,” informed Assam Tourism Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Initiatives for the coming year also include a star hotel in Majuli and infrastructure renovation in and around Kaziranga National Park among others.
Sarma said that the tourism budget has been substantially hiked this year for taking up aggressive publicity campaigns, facilitating construction of hotels, creating wayside amenities, providing subsidy to hoteliers among other such steps.
“Our job is to promote our tea estates, wildlife parks, building roads and facilitating power to these areas. We have to transform our role to be a part of the overall tourism development which is in sync with the tourism policy of ATDC. Not just our hotels but if those in the private sector also come up owing to our initiatives, it would mean that we have facilitated growth” Sarma said.
It may be mentioned that an amount of Rs 6.30 crore was also released as severance package among 72 employees of Hotel Brahmaputra Ashok.
“We had released our tourism policy last year and this year, we have allotted a greater share of funds in the budget for theATDC to implement the policy” Sarma said.
The state government has allocated Rs 89 crore for developing tourism infrastructure in Assam this year.
Sarma also informed that the state government is also trying to get an externally-aided project from the World Bank for developing tourism infrastructure, which would be to the tune of Rs 730 crore.