Union home minister P Chidambaram on Friday pledged preservation of the endangered Bhoti language spoken by Buddhist people of Tawang district in northwestern Arunachal Pradesh.
He was in Tawang to inaugurate a 1.18 km ropeway linking Tawang Monastery and Gyangong Ani Gompa that took eight years and Rs. 331 crore to build. "Arunachal has a special place in our hearts and we will always pay attention for its development," he said while inspecting other developmental projects in areas bordering China.
"There will be no dearth of fund for this land-locked state. But there must be clarity in all the projects and schemes to be implemented," Chidambaram added.
Responding to a memorandum demanding grant of Rs. 150 crore package for developing the district and preservation of Bhoti language, the Union minister assured he would take up the issue with the departments concerned. "Bhoti scripts will be preserved in digitized form," he said.
Chidambaram reached Tawang in the morning along with minister of state for planning V. Narayanswamy in an Indian Air Force chopper. Besides the ropeway, he inaugurated the district collector's office, which he hoped would usher in a new era of development "in this remote district bordering China".
The ropeway has been constructed by the state PWD. Ninety per cent of the fund was sanctioned by the DoNER ministry under non-lapsable central pool of resources. The foundation stone of the ropeway was laid by former president APJ Abdul Kalam in October 2002.
The length of this ropeway is 1184 meters with level difference between upper and lower terminals being 164 meters. With a capacity of carrying eight people, the ropeway will take 8 minutes to cover the distance.