Dibrugarh, May 5: The inaugural ceremony of Jokai Botanical Garden (JBG) on Friday witnessed dignitaries shedding light on many tourism-oriented projects that were in the pipeline.
Addressing the gathering, MP Rameshwar Teli said that the government had taken several steps in the direction of turning the entire Jokai Forest more attractive, out of which, beautification of JBG was very crucial. He added that the State Government, at the same time, had taken several other aspects into considerations, including improving the transportation system of the region, staving off incidents of man-animal conflicts, and preventing electrocution of animals. He also revealed the plan of constructing a Rs 138-crore national-level stadium, the work regarding which would soon begin. Speaking on the occasion, local MLA Rituparna Baruah expressed a strong sense of belief that the refurbished garden would be able to pull tourists in plenty. He added that a proposal regarding the construction of a cycling track around the forest area had already been submitted. Baruah mentioned that by bringing tourist spots like Jagannath Temple, Mahatma Gandhi Children’s Park and Jokai Forest into the folds of a well-integrated plan, the entire stretch from Khanikar to Jokai could be transformed into a tourist-hub. That would also boost employment opportunities manifold, he added.