Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has requested the Centre to help in the development and preservation of the state’s historical and holy sites and provide assistance in promotion of its rich art and culture.

Calling on Union Minister for Culture Kumari Selja, who also holds the portfolio of Housing and Poverty Elevation, at New Delhi on Thursday, Tuki emphasized that Arunachal Pradesh with its vast and unexplored historical and mysterious background has a potential in promoting tourism through its historical sites and mythological importance, official sources said here on Friday.

He urged the Ministry of Culture to facilitate conduction of surveys and investigations so that the existing historical sites in the state can be listed as heritage sites or come under the purview of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

To point out a few, he cited the ruins of Itafort in the state capital, Malinithan at Likabali, Parasuram Kund in Lohit, Taklung Dzong near Kalaktang as well as the recently discovered huge Shiv Ling near Ziro in Lower Subansiri district.

The chief minister observed that if all the sites of historical and religious importance in the state are developed and maintained, religious and historical tourism would flourish, which in return would generate employment and income for the local people, sources said.