Sports infra development at Taksing in Arunachal Pradesh

One of the remotest villages of Arunachal Pradesh along the India-China border, the village of Taksing lies on the southern bank of the Subansiri River, shortly after it enters India. Perched at an elevation of approximately 2200 meters in the Upper Subansiri district, it is inhabited by the Tagin tribe. Before 2018, Taksing could be reached only after a five-day trek through high mountainous terrain from Limeking, which was the last motorable point; now connected by an approximately 34.5 km road.

Still mostly connected by an unpitched road, connectivity is largely impacted during extreme weather conditions such as prolonged snowfall and heavy rainfall, posing considerable difficulties to the lives of its inhabitants.

To benefit the locals living in such a remote location, the 4th Battalion of the Garhwal Rifles of Indian army has initiated several infra-development projects worth around Rs 1.6 crore under Operation Sadbhavana. It includes upgradation of the existing Primary Health Centre (PHC) to a modern six-bed facility, equipped with advanced medical equipment and a labour room to cater to the medical emergency requirements of the locals.

Medical infra development at Taksing in Arunachal Pradesh
Medical infra development at Taksing in Arunachal Pradesh

Additionally, the army also set up modern sports facilities, including a futsal court, a volleyball court, a covered badminton court, and an indoor gym, as part of the initiative.

Upon completion, the battalion organized an inaugural event to dedicate these amenities to the local community. Furthermore, to ensure consistent medical care, an army medical officer will now be available at the PHC at least twice a week. These efforts have played a significant role in fostering trust among the residents of the strategically-important Taksing region.

Sports infra development at Taksing in Arunachal Pradesh
Sports infra development at Taksing in Arunachal Pradesh

Nestled amid the Himalayas, Taksing holds spiritual significance for Tibetan Buddhists. A less-explored destination, Taksing offers possibilities to explore the Tagin culture and hiking adventures along the border mountain terrains; the locals have begun establishing homestays, providing visitors with authentic experiences. In fact, it was one of the first 17 villages to be selected under the central government’s Vibrant Village programme to boost tourism and economic activities along the Tibet border.

The infra-developments, especially the medical facilities will offer additional security to travelers seeking the serenity of this remote destination.

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