Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel on Tuesday virtually inaugurated Mizoram’s first golf course and resort at Thenzawl in Serchhip district, about 90 km from Aizawl.

The MoS for Tourism, Patel, inaugurated the golf course and resort through a video conference from New Delhi.

The inaugural function at Aizawl was attended by Mizoram tourism minister Robert Romawia Royte, Lok Sabha MP C. Lalrosanga, Agriculture Development Board vice chairman and MLA H.Biakzaua, Sports, Youth Affairs and Tourism board vice chairman T.C. Pachhunga and top tourism officials.

Speaking on the occasion, Patel lauded Mizoram as one of the most beautiful states in the country that has a rich biological hotspot and land for tourist attraction.

He said the hilly northeastern state with its strategic location is one of the most important states in the country which is successfully implementing India’s Act East policy.

Citing that there will be no delay in sanctioning of project fund for Mizoram amid Covid19 pandemic, the union minister said the state will not face inconvenience and impediment in procuring funds from Tourism Ministry provided development projects are executed properly and completed in time.

He suggested that Mizoram prepare a well-planned programme for promotion of tourism industry in post-Covid19.

While expressing happiness for the grade B certified golf course, state tourism minister Robert Romawia Royte hailed it as an important step towards development.

He said Mizoram is now among few Indian states that has world-class golf resorts.

Royte said the newly-inaugurated golf course and resort will generate employment for nearby villages and will promote tourism in the state.

Zomuana, a golfer, said the project is a milestone for Mizoram.

He said the golf course and resort can be a boon for tourism development if airport and road communication are upgraded.

The Rs. 64.48 crore Thenzawl golf resort is a project under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme.

According to officials, the golf course is designed by Graham Cooke and Associates, one of the top-ranked Canada-based golf course architectural firms.

The total site area is 105 acres and the play area is 75 acres.

It is designed to have facilities of international standards and has 18 holes golf course with sharing fairway and automated sprinkler irrigation system by US’s Rain Bird.

There are 30 Eco-log huts, cafeteria, convention centre, 8 gazebos, open air food court and waiting lounge, among others, all constructed with Siberian pinewood and fully furnished with world class furniture and fixtures.

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