Tourist Police receive acclaim

Tourist Police  receive acclaim
Tourist Police personnel assisting a foreign tourist couple during the night carnival in Kohima. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 3 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/3/2018 11:20:15 AM IST

Tourist Police, which was recently introduced by Nagaland Police, has been well appreciated by tourists for the warm hospitality, politeness and cheerfulness of the personnel from IR Mahila.

The smart women Tourist Police were impressive with their smartness and enthusiasm as they helped visitors at the Honbill venue and were ever smiling despite having put in long hours on the job.

Launched on November 26 by chief minister Neiphiu Rio , just a few days ahead of the Hornbill Festival, TP consist of seventy three men and women of the Nagaland Police who will be on-call for tourists 24X7.

According to the official Tourist Police handbook, its primary role is to “provide facilitation, guidance, safety and security to foreign and domestic tourists.”

It may be mentioned that during the launch of tourist police, DG police TJ Longkumer directed his officers, especially Kohima superintendent of police, to strictly deal with drunkards and law breakers to ensure that efforts of the police should not go in vain.

Improvement of basic amenities in Kisama required: With the increasing inflow of tourists to the Hornbill Festival at Kisama, the existing infrastructure and basic amenities have proved as inadequate to many guests. Interacting with Nagaland Post, tourist from other countries and States expressed the need to improve basic amenities like toilet and washroom at the Naga heritage village.

One foreign tourist expressed the need to have more public toilets, in addition to the current ones that were apparently not sufficient.

The pathetic road condition was another area which many tourists stressed for improvement, stating that tourism could never flourish unless roads were taken care of.

Local visitors too were of the opinion that, if the state government was really serious on promoting Hornbill Festival, it should focus more on infrastructure development. Many remarked that even the amphitheatre where the main cultural event takes place could hardly accommodate thousands of guests.

One tourist told this correspondent that he could not even enter the arena as it was jam-packed and did not have any space to even accommodate one person.

It may be recalled that the inaugural ceremony of the 19th Hornbill Festival witnessed massive attendance of tourists. However, many were compelled to remain outside the arena owing to space constraint.

Even the seat arrangements made for heads of departments were fully blocked as there was more crowd standing then sitting, while hundreds were seen standing outside amphitheatre.

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