Preparation for Mechukha Adventure Fest begins

ITANAGAR, Nov 07:  Shi-Yomi district administration begun preparations for 8th edition of Adventure@Mechukha (A@M), scheduled in picturesque Mechuka Valley later this month.

Speaker P D Sona, in a preliminary meeting here on Thursday sought contributions of all stakeholders to make the annual event a grand success.

“Though A@M has already achieved its primary objective of creating a brand visibility and recognition for Mechukha as one of the key tourist hotspots in India, its focus this time would not be on a single high-impact or short duration event, but on organizing a series of events throughout the calendar year,”   Sona, also the local legislator, said in his presidential address.

This, he said, would not only make Mechukha a year-long tourism destination but also help the area project its seasonal variation and breathtaking natural landscape to the outer world.

Sona, also festival chairman, expressed grave concern over past year’s untoward incident when a few tourists were allegedly attacked and exhorted everyone concerned to ensure non repetition of such episode.

The festival normally held from November 23-25 but dates would be extended for coinciding with International Tourism Mart, Sona said, adding the new dates will be announced soon.

Presenting an overview on the event earlier, festival director Moji Riba said that the organizing committee has decided to restructure the festival henceforth on the basis of feedbacks and suggestions from stakeholders and well wishers.

Shi-Yomi DC Mito Dirchi, SP Gothombu Dajangju, Mechuka ADC Bairo Sorum and district tourism officer Rita Yorung addressed the meeting attended HoDs,  Indian army and ITBP personnel.

The annual adventure extravaganza involving propelled glider and micro-light glider rides, aero-modelling, paragliding, trap shooting, mountain biking, river crossing, rappelling, rafting, trekking, zorbing and rock climbing, aims at promoting adventure tourism in the State. (PRO)

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