Assam allocates INR 50cr in Budget for Tea Tourism
Tea tourism in Assam is all set to get a major facelift with the state government providing INR 50 crore in the 2022-23 Budget, reports Roopak Goswami.
“Assam is home to one of the oldest and best tea gardens in the world. Some of these tea gardens are located in picturesque surroundings with the potential to become great tourist destinations. However, accessibility and lack of lodging facilities around the tea garden come in the way and normal tourists are not able to enjoy the bounty of nature surrounding these tea gardens,” Assam Finance Minister Ajanta Neog said in the state Budget announced recently.
There have been individual initiatives to develop tea tourism earlier, but this is the first time the state government has shown keen interest in tea tourism.
The Finance Minister said the government has proposed to provide capital infrastructure support for building guest houses/tourist facilities inside the tea garden up to INR 2 crore each to 50 selected tea gardens during 2022 -23 to promote tea tourism. The tea gardens will also be permitted to undertake non-tea cultivation activities such as agroforestry, solar power projects, etc., which will also add to their income.
(Source: East Mojo)