Meghalaya agitation causes drop in tourism


SHILLONG
There has been a sharp drop in tourist footfalls in the picturesque northeastern state of Meghalaya – which literally means abode of the clouds – over the past two months in the wake of an agitation by more than a dozen political and other pressure groups on stopping “illegal immigration” from Bangladesh.

For now, Meghalaya is “not on the minds of travellers” opting for a visit to the wettest place on earth in Sohra or to Asia’s “cleanest village” of Mawlynnong bordering Bangladesh, said Richard Rynjah, a tourist taxi driver.

Meghalaya, with a population of just three million, is experiencing a series of shutdowns, night road blockades and picketing of offices from Sep 2 after the breakdown of talks between the government and the agitating groups on the inner line permit (ILP) issue.

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