Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday flagged off MTB Tawang Challenge Cycling Competition which is being organized by the department of sports and youth welfare of Arunachal Pradesh government synchronizing with the forthcoming Tawang Festival, 2017.
Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal expressed the view that the cycling competition would help in promoting the tourism potential of Arunachal Pradesh and the northeastern region. He also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims at giving a new boost to the growth of northeast through the implementation of the Act East Policy and all the northeastern states must join hands with the central government for fulfilling his cherished vision.
Several cyclists from all over the country have taken part in the MTB Tawang Challenge, which will cover 500 km difficult terrain during its tour.
The competition will culminate on October 28 after six days journey and be passing through hilly tracts located at 13,700 feet above sea level.
“The initiative of the Arunachal Pradesh government to organize the Tawang Challenge cycling competition to promote the Tawang Festival is very praiseworthy. This will definitely help in giving a new dimension to tourism of the state as well as the entire northeastern region. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji also envisions stimulating the growth of the region through implementation of the Act East Policy. All the northeastern states must put joint efforts to make the endeavour successful”, Sonowal said.
The CM further mentioned that the cycling event would also strengthen brotherhood amongst all the northeastern states. He also conveyed his goodwill to all the participating cyclists for the success of their journey.
The Arunachal Pradesh government was represented in the event by the parliamentary secretary of the department of sports and youth welfare. Director of the Department was also present on the occasion.