New tourist sites to be developed in Chin State
15 August 2013: Burma’s poorest and a more open Chin State is likely to see a new phase of development in eco-tourism as three new places are to be transformed into visitor attractions.
U Win Tun, Minister of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, said plans to establish tourist sites at Rih Lake, Bawipa and Zinghmuh mountains in Chin State, according to recent media reports.
In March this year, U Htay Aung, Minister for Hotels and Tourism, said Chin State would be promoted as a tourist site as it saw an increase in the number of foreign visitors last year.
However, concerns have been raised by local communities and businesses over laws and regulations related to the tourism industry.
Chin MP Pu Zozam, of the Chin National Party (CNP), was quoted as saying that the government should have the required laws in place before allowing the service.
Travel agencies and hoteliers in southern Chin State also complained about a lack of clear policies to follow when dealing with local authorities.
U Win Tun said the government will draft necessary procedures, and rules and regulations, according to the Eleven news.
Further information on how and when the project will be implemented still remained undisclosed.
In a recent incident last month, local communities objected to government’s plans to establish a new village near Rih Lake, saying they were not informed or consulted regarding the decision.
In addition, they said deforestation would bring negative impacts on the lake of Rih.
Well-known for its heart shape, Rih Lake is situated in Falam Township bordering Mizoram State of India. Mount Zinghmuh, which stands at the height of 8414 ft above sea level, is the highest in Falam Township.
With an average elevation of over 7,000 feet above sea level, Bawipa Tlang is a mountain range in Thantlang Township.
The number of tourists making a trip to Chin State, with the majority visiting in Kanpetlet and Mindat, is estimated to be over 700 this year.#