CM advised to use festival platform to spur livelihood activities

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 18th Nov: Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Sunday held a meeting with Governor Dr Najma Heptulla to brief the latter on the on-going preparation for the Sangai festival and other issues.
According to a source, CM Biren reported to the Governor about the on-going beautification and other activities being carried out by different departments in collaboration with Tourism department in connection with the Sangai festival and its benefits in the tourism sector. He also reported that many foreign delegates from Thailand, United States of America and others will be visiting during the festival and almost all the tourist centres/destinations in the state located at far-flung and remote areas will be explored during the festival period for which preparation have are being made by related agencies and department.
After listening to the report, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla advised the Chief Minister to take up initiative in providing means of earning income to the common people by taking advantage of the festival and to enhance connectivity and communication system with the state and rests of the north eastern region.
This year too, the main venue of the Sangai festival will be Hapta Kangjeibung, Palace Compound and other venues included Keibul Lamjao, Mao, Khuman Lampak Sports Complex and Lamboi Khongnangkhong. In other places, adventure sports, trekking and expedition events will be organised. At Loktak Lake venue water sports and cultural programmes will be conducted. As a part of the Sangai festival, Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA) will be organising ‘Youth Adventure and Water Sports Festival’ at eight different places and preparation have been done for which the main venue will be Khuman Lampak Sports Complex where events like motor boat rafting, water zorbing, rope bridge, artificial boulder climbing, trampoline jump, ATV biking, land zorbing and other adventure sports would be organised. At Koirengei old-airfield, power paragliding events will be organised for ten days. On top of it, at Senapati district Dzuko valley and Mount Iso expeditions will be conducted from November 23 to 28 and different water sports events will be organised at Loktak Lake venue from November 24 to 27.
At Tamenglong, expeditions of Zeilad Lake, Barak waterfall and Thanlon cave will be organised from November 26 to 30 while MMI complex in Churachandpur district and Bisnupur district will have two-day expedition on November 26 and 27. On November 27 and 28, trekking and cave expeditions will be conducted at Shirui peak and Kangkhui cave of Ukhrul district. It may be mentioned that altogether 300 stalls will be opened at the main venue of the festival and 650 trade and expo stalls will be put up at Lamboi Khongnangkhong venue including 160 reserved stalls for foreign countries and other states. Around the Lamboi Khongnangkhong venue, 490 local stalls will be opened which include 80 food stalls and other commercial stalls.


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