Dissemination of wrong and out-dated information by the tourism department is portraying an off-beam picture of mesmerizing Meghalaya.
Meghalaya is definitely the most beautiful state in India. It is blessed with a picturesque landscape, abundant rainfall, virgin forests, tumbling waterfalls, crystal clear rivers, and cordial people.
But, the Meghalaya Tourism Department, which is responsible to sell the cloud-shrouded sapphire as a fascinating destination in India, is “definitely not doing its work sincerely.”
A visit to the official website of Meghalaya Tourism — Mesmerizing Meghalaya (http://megtourism.gov.in/
According to the official website, Megahalaya has only seven districts — East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills, Ri Bhoi District, East Garo Hills, West Garo Hills and South Garo Hills.
It is shocking that the officials of the Meghalaya Tourism Department don’t know that on August 7, 2012 four new districts were created in Meghalaya.
In last seven years, the tourism department officials could not find time to let the tourists know that Meghalaya now has 11 districts.
The four new districts of Meghalaya are – East Jaintia Hills, South West Khasi Hills, North Garo Hills and South West Garo hills.
Without doing any homework, the Tourism Department officials claimed Coal, Limestone, Sillimanite, Dolomite, Fireclay, Quartz and Glass-sand are the major mineral resources of Meghalaya.
Shockingly, it forgot to mention that Meghalaya is the third Uranium rich state in India, after Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh.
In fact, Meghalaya accounts for 16 per cent of India’s Uranium reserves, with deposits estimated to be around 9,500 tons at Domiasiat and 4,000 tons at Wakhyn.
Moreover, the quality of Uranium oxide in Meghalaya is supposed to be the best in India.
Uranium oxide percentage in Meghalaya is 0.1 percent, while at Jadugoda (in Jharkhand) is 0.02 to 0.06 percent.
Though local people don’t allow commercial mining of Uranium, the Meghalaya Tourism Department should have taken immense pride to portray about the high-quality Uranium reserve.
While mentioning about wild faunas in Meghalaya, the tourism department forgot to mention about the Clouded leopard – the state animal.
Clouded leopard is the pride of Meghalaya — the smallest of the cats, highly secretive and rare in the wild.
Don’t understand as to why the Meghalaya Tourism Department claimed that the state has tiger population.
There is no tiger reserve in Meghalaya, and there is no tiger in the state as well.
Similarly, while informing about bird, the Meghalaya Tourism again forgot to mention specifically about Hill Myna, the state bird.
Hope ornithologists and wildlife experts would enlighten the tourism officials so that they portray Meghalaya more accurately.