Union Minister for State for Education and External Affairs RK Ranjan on Saturday stressed the need to open geo-tourism Manipur, saying that the state is a geo-heritage hotspot with Loktak Lake as one of the most significant geo-heritage sites. He also said that there are several unexplored geo-heritage sites in the state.
"Opening geo-tourism in Manipur will help in boosting tourist inflow in the state besides sustaining the economy and livelihood of many," Ranjan said while addressing a virtual one-day state level seminar on "Geo-heritage Conservation and Loktak Lake".
The seminar, organised by the Federation of Government College Teachers' Association (FEGOCTA) in collaboration with NG College in observance of the First World Geodiversity Day 2022, was held at NG College in Imphal West.
Mentioning some of the famous tourist spots in the state such as Kangkhui Cave, Tharon Cave, Mova Cave, Dzuko Valley and Barak Waterfall, Ranjan said, such spots can be considered as geo-heritage of Manipur.
Highlighting the significant history of Loktak Lake, the minister pointed out how the unique culture and tradition of Manipur is linked with Loktak Lake.
If experts dig further into the history of Loktak Lake, the origin of the valley civilization of Manipur can be known, he said, adding that it has a potential of becoming a world class geo-tourism spot.
The event was also attended by principal of NG College Ashok RC; principal of Thambal Marik College Prof Kh Mohon; MU Prof S Ibotombi as guests of honour while vice-president of FEGOCTA K Sanaton presided the function.