Haflong, July 26: State Tourism Minister Chadan Brahma said that the Mahur- Harangajao heritage line was a must for the promotion of tourism sector in Dima Hasao. The minister is on a two-day tour to Dima Hasao for taking stock of the tourism development work in the district. The minister reached Maibang by road accompanied by MLA B B Hagjer, Executive Member, NC Hills Autonomous Council, Kulendra Daulagupu, and General Manager of ATDC, Bhaskar Barua on Thursday.
Brahma, after visiting the one stone house on the bank of the Mahur river, said that Dima Hasao was being turned into the new tourist destination by the State government in assistance with the N C Hills Autonomous Council and meanwhile, the NCHAC had already taken some steps for the development of the tourism sector in Dima Hasao.
Interacting with media persons at Maibang, Brahma said that peace was always a pre-requisite for any development and peace had already been established in Dima Hasao. Therefore, it was high time to develop the district as a tourist’s paradise. The district has historical monuments along with a rich diverse culture, he said.
Answering the questions of media persons in regard to the Mahur-Harangajao heritage line, minister Brahma affirmed that this project had to be done. He said, “I will meet the Railway Minister soon in this matter and try to find out the actual position of the Mahur-Harangajao heritage line.”
The Mahur-Harangajao MG heritage line was sanctioned long back since this portion of the erstwhile MG line was avoided in the BG conversion of Lumding- Badarpur Hill section of NF Railway. But the project was abruptly dropped by the Railways even after doing some work without assigning any reason. This led to widespread resentment among the people of the district since villagers of at least 240 villages near the track had lost their only means of communication.