Govt plans to improve Umiam to attract more tourists

Forest dept to hand over 300 acres of land

Shillong,June 20: Umiam will get a facelift as the forest department is ready to hand over  300 acres of land for the development of the area.

Tourism minister Paul Lyngdoh said this after a meeting chaired by the chief minister Conrad K Sangma on Thursday.


“We have made substantial progress in the sense that the department of forest has expressed its willingness to part with about 300 acres of land for facilitating growth of tourism in that particular hub and we would like Umiam to be a major tourist attraction of not only Meghalaya but also entire North East,” Lyngdoh told reporters.

“Based on that presentation, the department concerned will be asked to finalise the rest of the details and in principle we have agreed that we will expand Umiam as a tourist hub of the state of Meghalaya,” he said.

He informed that the ambitious project is to expand the units of the Meghalaya Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) by introducing more facilities, more entertainment zones and also upscale the present accommodation facilities available with the Orchid Lake resort.

“We are also thinking in terms of having water sports entertainment and such other facilities. We are identifying those activities,” he said.

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