Vibrant Villages Programme launched at Kibithoo, 19 other districts identified, ET TravelWorld

<p>Picture used for representational purposes only.</p>
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A new initiative by the government called the ‘Vibrant Villages Programme’ was launched yesterday at Kibithoo, a border village in Arunachal Pradesh, to promote tourism and comprehensive development in the northern border regions of India.

The integrated and innovative ‘Vibrant Village Programme’ aimed at the development of tourism infrastructure and facilities in border villages was proposed by the government during this year’s budget allocation to the Ministry of Tourism.

Going forward, the programme will cover 2,967 villages in 46 blocks of 19 districts along the Northern border in Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and the Union Territory of Ladakh, the Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation Amit Shah informed during the launch.

The Vibrant Villages Programme will be implemented in three phases to promote tourism, provide all facilities at par with the cities and stop migration from all the villages of the entire northern border.

Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh has huge potential in tourism sector: Khandu

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who was on his way to Daporijo in the Upper Subansiri district, had stopped over at Ziro to inaugurate Tana Agyang View Point at Habung village. The view point was developed on a self-help basis through a convergence model and executed by job card holders under MGNREGA of Habung Gram Panchayat, district officials said. Stating that a road map for Ziro Valley was the need of the hour for holistic growth of the tourism industry , the chief minister urged the people to maintain the pristine beauty of the valley, well-known for paddy-cum-pisciculture cultivation.

Under the scheme, the government will spend INR 4800 crore until 2026, and the first phase will cover 11 districts, 28 blocks, and 1451 villages, benefiting a population of about 1.42 lakh in 662 villages.The initiative will also focus on developing the infrastructure of these villages while preserving and promoting local culture, language and tourism, Shah added.

The government has also given INR 44,000 crore to the Arunachal government for the development of infrastructure, he added.

Shah said that under the Vibrant Villages Programme, the schemes have been prepared in an integrated and coordinated manner for 100 per cent implementation, adding that an action plan has been prepared to run the Vibrant Villages Programme in mission mode.

He further emphasised that the biggest priority of the government is the border areas. The ‘Vibrant Villages’ initiative will not only bring development to these villages but also boost tourism in the region, showcasing the natural beauty and rich culture of these border villages to the world.

  • Published On Apr 11, 2023 at 12:37 PM IST

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