Pothashang News Service: Imphal, March 25, 2018: Manipur Adventure and Allied Sports Institute Complex (MAASIC) was inaugurated today by Thounaojam Shyamkumar, minister of forest and environment, horticulture and soil conservation, MAHUD and town planning at Keirao, Imphal East district.
The minister said MAASIC is a suitable place for adventure lovers. Regarding a memorandum submitted to the chief minister through him demanding blacktopping of road from Keirao to Uran Chiru, he said the place can become a tourist hotspot if blacktopping is extended upto Santhei Natural Park, Andro.
Assuring all possible help from his departments, he suggested that fruit bearing trees and flowers can be planted at the premises of the MAASIC and added that good work will always benefit the future generation. He further stressed on the need for cooperation from the public so that more developmental works can be taken in the near future.
Dr. Sapam Ranjan Singh, chairman, Tourism Corporation of Manipur Ltd, elaborated on the importance of promotion of MAASIC to attract tourist both inside and outside the state. The state needs to promote adventure tourism to not only earn revenue but also to generate jobs and hoped that the adventure tourism will become popular in the coming years, he added.
Manipur Adventure and Allied Sports Institute (MAASI) was established in 1981 under the directive of the Centre with the objective to guide the youths of the state in a constructive way by indulging them in adventure sports and activities like expedition, mountaineering and tourism.
Manipur Adventure and Allied Sports Institute Complex is constructed in 120 acres of land, fully set apart from Nongmaiching Forest Range and Rs 485.64 lakh was sanctioned for the project by the ministry of tourism.