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Bhutan Consul General pays courtesy call on CM Pema Khandu

Itanagar, Oct 11 (UNI) Consul General Phub Tshering from the Royal Bhutanese Consulate
General, Guwahati, on Friday paid a courtesy call on Chief Minister Pema Khandu at the
latter’s office here.
The Consul General is on a two-day visit to the state that shares one of its international
boundaries with Bhutan and has close cultural and religious affinity with some districts of
the state.
During the informal discussion, Mr Khandu emphasized on the need for connecting
Bhutan by road from Tawang, which he claimed would boost the tourism sectors of both
Bhutan and India benefiting Arunachal Pradesh.
He said the road on the Indian side in Tawang district is almost ready, however
construction is yet to begin on the Bhutan side.
Mr Khandu informed the Consul General, who has consular jurisdiction over Arunachal
Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland, that with the support of Government of India
surface and air connectivity in the state has received a major fillip in recent years.
He said while rail connectivity to Tawang from Bhalukpong is expected to be complete by
2020, proposal has been made for establishing an airport at Tawang.
“When these projects are complete, tourists will throng for West Kameng and Tawang
districts in huge numbers. If we open the road from Tawang to Bhutan, both our state and
Bhutan will immensely benefit. It’s a win-win situation for both of us,” he stressed.
Mr Khandu said that the Government is ready to sit and sort out any concerns of the
Bhutan government. He even proposed that till the road materializes a ropeway could be constructed to attract tourists.
Congratulating Bhutan for being a favourite of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the CM
said Bhutan is close to India and particularly close to Arunachal Pradesh.
He also appreciated Bhutan for its progress and sound economy despite being a small
Himalayan kingdom.
“We have a lot to learn from Bhutan especially in optimally utilizing our rich hydropower
and tourism potentials, which are more or less same as that in Bhutan,” he said.
Consul General Phub Tshering acknowledged the huge tourism potential of Arunachal
He said the state government could collaborate with Bhutan in the tourism sector and
advised for focusing on high-end tourism to generate revenue.
“This is a big state and it has huge potential,” he said and offered the assistance and
cooperation of his office based at Guwahati for any fruitful endeavor.
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