GUWAHATI: As a step towards the proper implementation of the new tourism policy of Assam, work has commenced towards the creation of a new accommodation facility near the Kaziranga National Park of the state.
The new tourism policy of the state called for the development of the tea heritage of the state into proper avenues of tourism. As a part of the project, several tea estates were given funding to develop accommodations and attractions including tea garden tours and heritage bungalows within different parts of the state. It also mentioned the creation of world-class resorts near the Manas National Park and the Kaziranga National Park.
The Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) has started the first phase of the work on a five-star resort on the edge of the park. The funding for this project will come from the Tea Tourism scheme launched by the state government. The large plot of 30 bighas was allocated to the Assam Tourism Development Corporation for this project by the Bokakhat administration. Bokkhat is a subdivision in the Goladhat district of the state and the allocated plot is on the edge of the popular Hatikhuli Tea Estate of Golaghat.
Assam Tourism Development Corporation has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hayat Group for the construction of this resort. According to reports, this project is scheduled to be completed within two years and serve the requirements of high-end tourists, especially foreigners, who visit the region.
It is noteworthy that the same Hayat Group has bagged the contract for the development of another high-end accommodation project near the Manas National Park. That project has also been funded by the tourism department to encourage the visit and stay of luxury-category tourists in the vicinity of the forest.
Once completed, these projects will not only serve the high-value tourists of the region but also generate huge amounts of revenue as well as employment in the state.