Tripura’s first Hornbill Festival began on February 8th, 2020 with an aim to conserve the striking forest bird “Hornbill” and also boost the livelihood of the people through tourism.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb inaugurated state’s first-ever Hornbill Festival at Baramura (Hathai Kotor) Eco Park in Teliamura. He unveiled the Hornbill point, opened Log Huts for tourists, visited various stalls and interacted with the officials and locals.
In a series of Tweets, the Chief Minister informed that the Hornbill Conservation in Baramura Eco Park is an initiative to encourage birders, nature enthusiasts and photographers.
The Baramura Hills is known for the Oriental Pied Hornbills. The locals of Baramura have been conserving these forest birds since long and consider the birds a good omen.
“Interacted with the local kids today during the inauguration programme of Hornbill Festival 2020 at Baramura Eco Park. Happy to see their enthusiasm and excitement for the Hornbill Festival.” He wrote on Twitter.
The Chief Minister also expressed his concern for forest preservation by initiating tree plantation and urged the public in planting saplings in a bid to save the planet.
“Let’s come together and make this world green for better tomorrow.” He said.
Speaking on the objective of the 2-day festival, CM Deb informed that it will promote ecotourism and create awareness towards Hornbill birds at the same time promote local culture and strengthen local communities.
“The festival will enlarge the scope of livelihood support to locals, the hospitality sector, boarding and lodging, transport sector and so on.” He added.