The international event, first of its kind in district Doda, was inaugurated by Minister of Tourism Gulam Ahmed Mir in the presence of Works Minister Abdul Majid wani, MOS Home and Tourism Sajad Ahmed Kitchlu and MLA Inderwal Gulam Ahmed Saroori.
Declaring the competition open, Mir said, “The state has immense potential for adventure tourism trekking, rafting and mountaineering. This potential needs to be fully exploited to build a strong local economy as 32% of the total population of the state is dependent on tourism sector.” He stressed that people should not fall prey to the ugly designs of the enemy as peace is imperative for the development of tourism.
Wani said, “This is a historical day for district Doda and this event will bring this hilly district on the international tourism map which will pave the way for the prosperity of the otherwise poor people of this district.”
Situated at 200 km north of J&K’s winter capital Jammu on the banks of mighty Chenab River, Thatri has all the potential to become a favourite destination for trekkers and white water rafters.
Five teams including four from abroad are participating in the five- day international white water rafting competition that begins Monday in picturesque Thathri valley on mighty river Chenab. “We have teams from Australia, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Nepal,” said Director Tourism Kashmir Talat Parvez.
During the competition, different teams will demonstrate their steering skills and negotiating capacities over a 12km stretch of the roaring Chenab River.